Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Fr. Dennis Hendershot 814-734-3801 email@example.com
The Holy Prophet and
King David wrote many of the Psalms
(more than half).
The Book is called
"The Psalms of David."
David wrote Psalm 51 after Nathan told him this parable a
This Psalm is sung and chanted in nearly all of the Church's services.
Recall the story behind the Psalm the next time you hear it in Church.
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Confession is in the HOLY SCRIPTURES
"God it was Who forgave David, when he confessed his sins to Nathan the Prophet..."
(from the Priest's Absolution prayer after your confession)
King David committed two GREAT and HORRIBLE sins. You
can read about them in
2 Samuel 11.
They are that
"You are that man!"
This event is recounted in the absolution prayer the Priest says after a person makes his/her confession (the purple above). Like David, in our sins we are "that man." And like David, we too can be forgiven if we confess our sins and strive to turn away from them. ("May that same God forgive you.." the prayer continues.) The story of Nathan and David shows us that we cannot just admit to being a sinner in a "generic" kind of way. We are not sinners simply because "the Bible tells me so" or because "that's what the Church and the Priest say." Nathan through his parable allowed David to confront the great sin he had committed. It allowed him to see how his judgments upon others were the same judgments that God would apply to him ― ultimately condemning himself. It is this awareness and knowledge of the depth of our sin and our self-righteousness that must be sought. Like David, we must see and confront our own sins. We must cease from judging our brother, for how we judge others is how we will be judged. And like David, we must confess and repent of our sins that we might receive the same forgiveness that he received.
Making a humble and honest confession brings us God's forgiveness and healing through the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
of Proverbs is read frequently in the
Church. Its lessons often accompany the Old Testament readings at
the Vespers for Feasts and Saints. It is read in its entirety during
The Prophet and King Solomon is credited with writing much of the Book. (Others added to it at later times.) Solomon was the son of King David.
There are a lot of vey practical and truly wise teachings in the Book of Proverbs. One would be wise to read them!
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