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I shall be forever grateful to Jasna for pointing my way to the confessional site of the Serb Orthodox Church. It has improved both my mood and my day immesurably.

There are 1028 confessional points for women, and here is a selection of my translated favourites.

1. I sinned without knowing that I sinned, or bothering to find out.

21. I did not guard sacred icons. I allowed them to get dirty. I kept them in dust, cobweb or the basement.

36. I committed by myself or with my friends bodily sins, and I lustfully sinned in my thoughts.

40. In the bus i sought pleasure from touches and I did not attempt to avoid them.

42. I didn't abstain from marital relations during wednesdays, fridays, sundays and agreed fast days.

43. In childhood I played unseemly games.

50. I read unseemly books and magazines. I gazed at unseemly statues, pictures of nude people, pornographic images and adverts.

55. I weakened my soul through length conversations with younger people of the opposite sex.

172. I slept during the day.

242. I scolded priests and talked about thier shortcomings.

268. I beat and scolded my children with anger and too strictly.

285. I dealt in drugs and black market goods.

374. In seeing sinful people I didn't pity them but mocked them.

376. When they attacked me I didn't accuse myself but defended myself.

403. I sinned by smoking tobacco.

404. I avoid cold rooms.

431. I dislike it when somebody disturbs my peace.

459. I wore other people's clothes without permission.

464. I gave my guests too much to drink.

478. I was unjust.

480. I worked in a slovenly way because they paid me too little.

482. In meeting my enemy I was moody.

487. I didn't criticise myself for my own betterment.

488. I drank to cheer myself up.

492. I lie around for a long time before i get up.

496. I asked sinful questions.

497. I coerced others to sin.

499. I didn' soothe the angry and the sad.

49. In encounters with animals i had evil desires and thoughts.

53. I watched various dances, theatres, games and partook in dancing.

232. In childhood I played at the cemetery.

254. I winked and gazed indecently.

267. I spent money on music, cinema, sinful books and other entertainment.

277. I used scented soaps, creams, powders, decorated my nails, eyebrows, and ears.

650. I skipped paying my bus fare.

651. I walked purposelessly. )

663. I watch a lot of television, i listen to the radio, i often go to the theatre.

769. I felt disguisted when people smelled badly.

836. I ate in a restaurant. I worked in a restaurant.

839. I cut my hair fashionably.

928. I rode on : a bicycle, moped, motorcyle out of pleasure.

976. I had a sex life before marriage.

977. I didn't destroy unseemly books and photographs. (i love the smell of burnt books in the morning...)

995. I waste time.

1022. I visit unseemly sites on the internet. (happy to see the church keeping up with the times!)


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 7th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC)
what, like churches? :D
Aug. 9th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
Re: 404
Indeed. ;)
Avoidance of the church accounts for many sins.
ALthough not paying enough attention in Church is a sin too.

The Orthodoxy is nothing if not thorough.
Aug. 7th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
If those are sins, I'm in trouble. Although I can safely say that I've never committed the sin of getting excited by people groping me on the bus.

And in my defense, I didn't know it was sinful to be grossed out by B.O.

Now how do I repent? Can I just go to that site and type in, "all of the above"? Or do I need to go to certain websites and atone by soothing the angry and the sad?
Aug. 9th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
*laughs a lot*

Or do I need to go to certain websites and atone by soothing the angry and the sad?

*laughs some more*
Aug. 7th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
Erm....I suppose that rules out Serb Orthodox, then.

Although I also have never taken pleasure from being groped on a bus.

Aug. 8th, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)
How many are there for men?
Aug. 9th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)
I'm not sure- but I wouldn't be surprised if they were far fewer.
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