March 03, 2020

Preparing for Pascha
Confession Sign-Up

- Fr. Gregory Edwards Ph.D - Dean -




New update: In our situation, our priests are making confession available via electronic means. Please, feel free to come to the Chapel. However, if you'd prefer to communicate by Skype, or Zoom, or telephone, they are available. 

 

What is Confession?

I have diabetes and take insulin every day. Every few months, I meet with my endocrinologist. At the appointment I am honest about what I am eating (uh oh!), my blood glucose levels, and any symptoms I might have. Based on this, she is able to regulate my medicine. She doesn’t judge me; rather, she cares for my long-term health and gives me tools to do better.

 
Confession is the same process for the soul. In the Divine Liturgy, we are offered the “medicine of immortality”. Holy Communion gives us eternal life and strengthens us for our Christian walk.  Every few months, or at least once a year, we need to go in for a Spiritual Check Up – Holy Confession. We need to be honest with the Great Physician, Christ, about what we’ve done and share our symptoms. With this information, His assistant (the priest) can regulate our medicine for maximum spiritual health.  The priest doesn’t judge; rather, he cares for our long-term spiritual health (eternity) and gives us the tools to do better.
 
We are blessed to have many priests here at the Cathedral.  Hearing confessions is never a bother. We all want you to be well. Click here or call the office for your “appointment” today!

(You may still call Denise at the Cathedral office (205-716-3080) to set up an appointment, of course.)

Have questions about how to prepare? Click here.



The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree

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Photography Credits: Beth Hontzas - Music: Presbytera Katerina Makiej





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The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies at Brown University. After completing a Master's Degree in the New Testament and early Christianity at Florida State University, he conducted doctoral studies in Greece at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, graduating summa cum laude in 2012. Ordained in 2007, he served parishes in Thessaloniki and Volos for 9 years. He and his wife Presvytera Pelagia lived in Greece from 2006-2016, where their four children were born. He has served as Assistant Professor of Missiology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York since 2014. Before coming to Birmingham in March 2019, Fr. Gregory served St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, FL from 2016-2019.