Confessions are heard routinely after Vespers on Saturday evenings, but can be scheduled for other times as may be convenient. Contact Fr Michael to arrange another time.
An observant Orthodox life requires regular and frequent Confession. Persons who commune regulary should be confessing regularly, as well. Persons who commune infrequently will need to confess before receiving Communion.
A prayer/meditation by St John of Kronstadt, that many people have found to be a helpful preparation for Confession, can be found here.
There exists a brief set of prayers to be said after Confession, which are provided here.
Fr Michael follows the OCA's Guidelines for Clergy with regard to Confession, which can be found below.
OCA Guidelines for Confession
The following directions, from the Guidelines for Clergy (Orthodox Church in America, 1998), address various issues surrounding Confession (the Mystery of Penance) and are considered normative for our practice at HTOC.
Confession, the mystery of reconcilliation with the Church, must be regular and frequent. It must be an abiding element in the lives oif the faithful, deformalized and revitalized as the most common and normal actions of a people continually united and reunited with each other and with God. See: On Spiritual Life in the Church, Encyclical.