Drawn to Father Alexander Schmemann's vision, Holy Trinity works for that "rebirth of the liturgical life of the Church," he called for
in Liturgy and Life, "its better understanding by the faithful, a more responsible attitude to it, a more active participation in it."

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Ashburn, VA 20147

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Fr. Paul N. Harrilchak
P.O. Box 3707
Reston, VA 20195-1707

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with examination of conscience and common prayers

Compiled and edited, translated and annotated by Paul N. Harrilchak, presbyter in the Diocese of Washington, Orthodox Church in America

Not a book you read...a book you delve into.

A book to keep at hand. And come back to regularly. To deepen self-knowledge. To get a feel for doctrine and discipline, for what is going on when we confess our sins. We’ve culled lots of Holy Scripture. Lots of reliable teaching. Fathers ancient and modern. In small doses. Plus a healthy sampling of the Church’s prayer. (Prayer teaches too.) There’s the Bishops’ 1976 call to revitalize parish sacramental life. (A parish living fewer than all the mysteries of Christ is not Orthodox.) And Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s sober reflections on the implications of such renewal. “How,” he asks, “is Confession itself to be redeemed and restored? How can it be made again an act of genuine repentance and reconciliation with God?” We flesh out his answer. Like the scribe in the Gospel we bring the new and the old from the Church’s store of knowledge and wonder. If Fr. Alexander calls the common, more ecclesial, mutually evangelizing approach to Confession “a school of repentance,” here is the textbook. One that really helps delve into and pursue a way of life the Spirit brings.

"Dear Fr. Paul:
Thank you for your book, Confession.… Your book leads me gently into prayer and repentance as no other book.…"

"A lot of work went into the preparation of the actual Rite [for Confession]. The appropriate citation is made for each segment of Scripture included in the prayers of Confession. This is beautifully done. The sections entitled Examination of Conscience, Lead-in, Meditation, and Close,… the various seasonal lead-ins and closings are indeed appropriate and helpful. The common penitential prayers are done very well.… I commend the compiler of this impressively crafted work." —From a pre-press review


 Meditations drawn from Scripture—on the Scriptural moral teaching called the Two Ways, on the notions of covenant, and repentance, and the rôle of priests in the mysteries of Christ.
       St. Athanasius’s telling recommendations from the Psalter for those in need of Confession
       The Prayer of Manasseh and Psalm 50 in fresh translations from Greek and extensively annotated.
       Selected penitential stichíra from the Book of Eight Tones.
 Rite for Confession following Synodal guidelines
       An examination of conscience (in fact there are several) drawn from The Apostle and keyed to the seasons of the Church year.
       More than a dozen prayers of forgiveness drawn from editions and the Greek manuscript tradition.
       A XV-century Rite for Confession
       And the modern Rite for Confession—Greek and Slavonic usages—in parallel columns. And the modern Rite for Confession—Greek and Slavonic usages—in parallel columns.
 Sidebars and glosses train the light of fathers ancient and modern on every facet of Confession. And more.
 Large type, black and red ink, nine plates and several headpieces, large initials, and line drawings reflecting traditions of Eastern-Church book art. ISBN 0930055012 hardcover, ISBN 0930055020 softcover, 6.75 x 8.5, xiii + 202 pages.
      Hardcover: $us 40.00  postpaid
      Softcover: $us 33.00  postpaid
      International Shipping: Canada - add $us 13.00 for one book, $us18.00 for two.
      All other international addresses add $us 20.00 one book; $us 28.00 two books.  Also from Holy Trinity/Reston: The Divine Liturgy of the Great Church with Melodies for Congregational Singing. A resource book for priests, deacons, chanters, catechists, theology students, and interested laity. Large type, black and red ink; spiralbound, 8.5 × 7, xvi + 280 pages. Price: $us 30.00 postpaid (International shipping: see above.)

Not the parish you're looking for...the parish you need...especially if you are looking for greater participation and deeper understanding