How to Remain in Communion With God

Respose of St. Jonah the Archbishop of Novrogod

Respose of St. Jonah the Archbishop of Novrogod

My beloved spiritual children in Christ Our Only True God and Our Only True Savior,


There are many necessary elements for remaining in communion with God.

Among the chief are:

  1. Regular attendance at Sunday Divine Liturgy, as well as consistent participation in the feasts and fasts of the Church year.
  2. Maintaining a daily prayer rule.
  3. Daily reading and study of the Holy Scripture.
  4. Regularly partaking of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion).
  5. Regular participation in the Sacrament of Repentance and Confession.

Spiritual helps in the examination of your conscience

The Seven Grievous Sins

  1. Pride: the lack of humility befitting a creature of God.
  2. Greed: too great a desire for money or worldly goods.
  3. Lust: impure and unworthy desire for something evil.
  4. Anger: unworthy irritation and lack of self-control.
  5. Gluttony: the habit of eating or drinking too much.
  6. Envy: jealousy of some other person's happiness.
  7. Sloth: laziness that keeps us from doing our duty to God and man.

The Seven Capital Virtues

  1. Humility.
  2. Liberality.
  3. Chastity.
  4. Mildness.
  5. Temperance.
  6. Contentment.
  7. Diligence.

The Work of the Flesh

  1. Adultery.
  2. Fornication.
  3. Uncleanness.
  4. Licentiousness.
  5. Idolatry.
  6. Sorcery.
  7. Hatred.
  8. Contentions.
  9. Jealousies.
  10. Outbursts of wrath.
  11. Selfish ambitions.
  12. Dissensions.
  13. Heresies.
  14. Envy.
  15. Murders.
  16. Drunkenness.
  17. Revelries.

Nine Ways of Participating in Another's Sin

  1. By counsel.
  2. By command.
  3. By consent.
  4. By provocation.
  5. By praise or flattery.
  6. By concealment.
  7. By partaking.
  8. By silence.
  9. By defense of the sin committed.

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit

  1. Love.
  2. Joy.
  3. Peace.
  4. Longsuffering.
  5. Kindness.
  6. Goodness.
  7. Faithfulness.
  8. Gentleness.
  9. Self-control.
  10. Modesty.
  11. Continence.
  12. Chastity.

(See Gal. 5:22, 23)

The Three Theological Virtues

  1. Faith.
  2. Hope.
  3. Love.

(See 1 Corinthians 13:13)

The Chief Aids to Penitence

  1. Prayer.
  2. Fasting.
  3. Performance of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

(See St. Matthew 6: 1-18)

The Chief Corporal Works of Mercy

  1. To feed the hungry.
  2. To give drink to the thirsty.
  3. To shelter the homeless.
  4. To clothe the naked.
  5. To visit those in prison.
  6. To visit the sick.
  7. To bury the dead.

(See St. Matthew 25:34-45)

The Ten Commandments

(See Exodus 20:1-17)

Where to turn in the New Testament...

  • For the Sermon on the Mount (St. Matthew 5-7)
  • When you are under pressure (St. Matthew 11:25-30)
  • For Jesus' teaching on the Second Coming (St. Matthew 24:3-44)
  • For the distribution of the Holy Eucharist (St. Matthew 26: 26-30)
  • For the Great Commission (St. Matthew 28: 18-20)
  • For Jesus' teaching on servanthood (St. Mark 10: 42-45)
  • For Jesus' teaching on eternal punishment (St. Luke 13: 24-30)
  • For how one is born again (St. John 3:1-8)
  • For Jesus' teaching on the Holy Eucharist (St. John 6: 30-59)
  • When you feel estranged from Christ (St. John 10:7-30)
  • When you need comfort (St. John 15: 1-17)
  • For Jesus' teaching on the Holy Spirit (St. John 15: 26-16:15)
  • For the Scriptural teaching on sexual immorality and homosexuality (1 Corinthians 5: 1-13; 16:15-20)
  • For Saints Paul's teaching on Holy Baptism (Romans 6:1-11)
  • When the unexpected happens (Romans 8: 28-39)
  • To learn of true Christian love (1 Corinthians 13:1-10)
  • To learn of sin and righteousness (Galatians 5:19-26)
  • To learn of faith and works (Ephesians 2:8-10)
  • To learn of Christian marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33)
  • To understand the unseen warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18)
  • To learn of the communion of the saints (Hebrews 12:1-3, 22-24)
  • To learn of Christian healing (St. James 5:13-16)
  • To learn about confession of sin (1 John 5-2:1)
  • To learn about Eternal Life (1 John 5:11-13)
  • To learn of the Eternal Kingdom of God (Revelation 21;22)

(Source: Orthodox Study Bible)

With love in Christ,
+Father George