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“Why do you wear that black cassock?”

  People have sometimes approached me and asked why Orthodox priests (as well as deacons, monks and bishops) traditionally wear black cassocks. In the earliest Church, it does not seem that clergy wore any distinctive garb, except of course liturgical vestments, which in some cases also were worn outside the Divine services. For example, sometimes […]

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A Word on Confession

In Scripture we read: “He that covers his sins shall not prosper, but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). In the Old Testament, confession was never exclusively a private affair between God and man. Rather, we have evidence that confession was always made in the presence of others. Lamak, by confessing […]

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