Psalm 50 (51) The Great Psalm of Repentance

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Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.





10 responses to “Psalm 50 (51) The Great Psalm of Repentance”

  1. Katia Avatar

    Thank you father,

    What an angelic singing!?!

    Have mercy on me,O God, according to Thy great mercy;

    For i know mine iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.

  2. mich0u Avatar

    Do you speak/understand Romanian too?

  3. fatherstephen Avatar

    I do not speak Romanian, but I have a number of Romanians in my parish – and friends through the internet – including a group of students who regularly translate my blog and publish it in Romanian. Such a kindness I do not know how to give thanks. I might add that I took a look at your blog site. My youngest daughter also is interested in Photography and starts Art School next autumn. I’ll direct her to your site.

    The url of my site in Romanian is

  4. Katia Avatar

    ” What is the cure? – The crucifixion of our pride! “

  5. Ioana Avatar

    great singing, indeed.

    and thank you so much for your word on fasting. it realy completed my view. I was about to ask for permission to translate it to Romanian, but as I see there is a romanian version of your blog:)

    Thank you for writing,

  6. Katia Avatar

    “…The devil was worried because hell (kind of like church these days) was poorly attended. So he called in his three best demons and told them to go into the world and get recruits. The first went out and later a few new souls appeared in hell. When the demon returned, the devil asked what temptation he had used. The demon replied that he had told people not to worry because there is no God. The devil laughed and said that the demon was a fool. Few would believe such a lie and the demon was dismissed. The second demon went up and this time more souls came to hell but not enough. The devil asked the second demon what temptation he had used. The demon replied that he told people that their sins didn’t matter because after all, God was love, so why worry. The devil said that it was a good thought but not good enough and so the second demon was dismissed. The third demon went up and this time great multitudes of damned souls came to hell. The devil was thrilled and so He asked the third demon what temptation he had used. He replied that he told people to not worry because they had plenty of time to repent. “Wait until tomorrow” was his simple plea. This slogan became the new theme of demons everywhere.”

  7. Moses Avatar

    Katia, I would be very much interested in the source of your story. Thanks! =D

  8. Deb Seeger Avatar

    Vater Stephen,

    Thank you for the posting on repentance, as my fasting is getting easier, He is revealing more of my unrepentant heart…which I thought was in pretty good condition. 🙁

    Anyway I am finally able to rejoice in the repentant season. It is of new beginnings.

  9. Katia Avatar

    Hi Moses,

    Sorry, i should of put: by Fr. John Moses post – Rinse and Repeat – Ramblings of red neck Priest blog

  10. Moses Avatar

    Thanks Katia! Much appreciated! =D

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