Dear brothers and sisters,
Further to this week’s newsletter, I would like to let parishioners know that from now on any confessions that are not possible before Liturgy will ordinarily be heard AFTER the service and that Holy Communion will be administered at this time.
THERE WILL NO LONGER BE ANY CONFESSIONS WHILST THE HOLY GIFTS ARE PREPARED FOR HOLY COMMUNION UNLESS THERE IS A SECOND PRIEST – AND EVEN THEN IT WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED.
We will ensure that everyone who requires confession does so, and that all blessed to commune are able to partake of the Holy Mysteries, but confessions and possibly trying to deal with profound spiritual crises before communion has proved itself neither practicable or appropriate.
Please do not simply think “I only need two minute for a quick confession; what’s the issue?” Someone else may appear behind you, and someone else behind them, and before we know it a queue may have formed!
If time has run out before Liturgy and you still require confession with the intention to commune of the Holy Mysteries, please let one of our oltarniky know when they are preparing zapivka for those communing, and the clergy will reserve communion and be prepared for confession.
By the time the faithful kiss the Cross at the end of the service, the Holy Gifts have been consumed and the vessels cleansed unless we know that reservation is needed. If you request Holy Communion at this time, it will be too late.
Also, confession on Sundays is primarily for those driving long distances or have no possibility of weekday confession, due to personal circumstances. If you are local to Cardiff, please do your best to confess in the week, and recognise the need for those coming from the valleys, the borders and the west of England – of whom many require confession before our Sunday service.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
May God bless you.