Confessors in NSW

List of confessors in NSW

Rev. Christos Triantafyllou
Greek Orthodox Parish of All Saints
Cnr Isabel Belmore NSW 2192
Phone: 02 9789 1659 Mobile: 0419 609 667

Rev. Christos Vergos
Greek Orthodox Parish of Sts Rapheal, Nicholas & Irene
29 Forbes St Liverpool NSW 2170
Phone: 02 9601 6464 Mobile: 0407 226 522

Rev. Constantine Varipatis
Greek Orthodox Parish of St. Stylianos,Sts. Peter & Paul & St. Gregory Palamas
806-808 The Kingsway Gymea NSW 2227
Phone: 02 9526 6577 Mobile: 0418 511 212

Very Rev. Eusebios Pantanassiotis, and, Very Rev. Stephanos Pantanassiotis
Holy Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa
567 Mangrove Creek Rd, Mangrove Creek, N.S.W. 2250
Tel.: (02) 43 741 060, Fax: (02) 43 741 422

Rev. John Daskalakis
Greek Orthodox Parish of St. Micheal
49-59 Holterman St Crows Nest NSW 2065
Phone: 02 9436 1957 Mobile: 0418 233 378

Very Rev. Kyriakos Stavronikitianos
Holy Monastery of St. George
316 Singles Ridge Road, Yellow Rock, N.S.W. 2777
Tel.: (02) 4754 1382, Fax: (02) 4754 5974

Rev. Leslie Kostoglou
Greek Orthodox Parish St Gerasimos
21 Henry St Leichhardt NSW 2040
Phone: 02 9560 8330 Mobile: 0418 646 043

Very Rev. Milton Chrysavgis
Greek Orthodox Parish of St. George
90 Newcastle St Rose Bay NSW 2026
Phone: 02 9371 9929 Mobile: 0408 403 123

Very Rev. Nektarios Zorbalas
Greek Orthodox Parish of Sts Constantine & Helen
378 King St Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9519 7868 Mobile: 0417 323 654

Rev. Nickolas Marketos
Greek Orthodox Parish Of St Catherine
180 Coward St Mascot NSW 2020
Phone: 02 96671001

Rev. Nickolas Skordillis
Greek Orthodox Parish of The Holy Apostles
Cnr James Hamilton NSW 2303
Phone: 02 4961 1439 Mobile: 0425 258 986
 


St Theophan the Recluse - On Confession

Here is an outline of some of the advice from Saint Theophan the Recluse about how to undertake this inner assessment of our conscience.

How do we prepare to receive this Gift of Awakening Grace?

Think timidly and fearfully of our weak condition. We need to open up as we have become hardened and blinded. We need to recognize this hardness. Conversion often occurs simply as the thought comes to a person to change his life and improve himself. Don’t procrastinate, this is a common ailment. Never say: “I will do it tomorrow or some other time.”  Remember, habit and inclinations can imprison us in sin. There are different levels to our condition The covering that is deepest most dangerous and closest to the heart is self-deception, insensitivity and carelessness. Absent mindedness and distraction of a busy life are closer to the surface. On th outer surface is the passions of the flesh. Resolve to abandon sin and dedicate one’s life to pleasing God (Theosis). Embrace the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Admit your sins.

How do we identify our sins?

1. Makeup a sheet with the laws of God on one side and your life on the other. See how they compare.

A. Recall all your obligations in relation to God, your neighbor and to yourself.
B. Go through the Ten Commandments. (pdf with questions)
C. Review the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5).
D. Read the Epistle of James and the Epistles of Paul especially 12:9-21 in the Epistle to the Romans. And chapter 4 in the Epistle to the Ephesians.
E. Read the first Epistle of Saint John.
F. Look at the prayer before Communion.

You will uncover a multitude of deeds words, thoughts feelings and iniquitous desires that should not have been done. And things that should have been done that were not. There will be some that were good but the motivations behind them were not pure. The most important thing is to realize that to know your sinfulness requires an exact determination of your deeds. Along with the circumstances of time, place, people and os forth.

2. Identify the underlying patterns which show you the characteristic of your heart.

The governing passions will become clear. There will be one passion which will condition all the actions. This is the root of your sinfulness.

3. Reflect on these sins until you see clearly that each one was committed according to your own desire. Don’t listen to the excuses.

Work on this until you can honestly say, I am guilty of this and that. You will begin to feel burdened and wretched. Don’t feel bad that you are  experiencing them but desire that they all come forward. The right condition is a feeling of regret and repentance. This leads to a vow to change.

4. Seal this work with the sacrament of repentance.

Through this sacrament one clears the divine ledger.