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Fr. Sofian prays before the Holy Mystery of Confession, as an orthodox priest.

He was also a well know church painter persecuted for his faith by Communists in Romania, sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Shepherd and Lamb, who takest away the sin of the world, who didst erase the debt of the two debtors, and unto the woman which was a sinner didst grant remission of her sins, Do Thou also, O Master, loose, remit and forgive the sins, the transgressions, the offences, the voluntary and involuntary, the witting and unwitting, those in error and disobedience, committed by these [this] Thy servants [servant]. And whatsoever, they (he, she) have (hath) committed, being men (man) clothed in flesh and living in the world, being deluded by the devil, whether in word or deed, witting or unwitting, whether through the infringement of a Priest’s advice, or through his condemnation, or having fallen under their (his, her) own anathema, or bound by an oath: Do Thou who art Good and long-suffering be well pleased that these (this) Thy servants (servant) be loosed by Thy word, forgiving them (him, her) their (his, her) own anathema and oath, according to Thy great mercy. Yea, O Lord and Master, Lover of mankind, give ear to our supplication on behalf of these (this) Thy servants (servant) and overlook all their (his, her) transgressions, for Thou art most merciful: and deliver them (him, her) from eternal damnation. For Thou didst say, O Master, “Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.

 

For Thou alone art without sin and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

 

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