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Reconciliation. celebration and forgiveness. Reconciliation (or Penance). Begins with the acknowledgment of our sin. Mortal sin Grave violation of grave violation of God’s Law Venial sin A wrong that weakens our relation with God

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Reconciliation

celebration and forgiveness


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Reconciliation(or Penance)

  • Begins with the acknowledgment of our sin.

    • Mortal sin

      • Grave violation of grave violation of God’s Law

    • Venial sin

      • A wrong that weakens our relation with God

      • Unlike mortal sin, venial sin does not completely separate one from God.


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Confession as a Ritual

  • Confession is the sharing of one’s weakness (sins)

    • Person must honestly face the sin that is with in him in order for the ritual to work.

  • Priest’s job

    • To listen and offer acceptance, guidance, and forgiveness.


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Penance as Conversion

  • Penance derived form the same roots as repent which means “to be sorry”.

    • Refers to a conversion of heart

    • Indicates the sincerity of a person’s sorrow for sin .


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Living the Paschal Mystery

  • Pascal Mystery

    • Lies in the heart of our existence and of the sacraments.

    • The moment from death to resurrection


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Forgiven by God and the Whole Community

  • Reconciliation

    • Provides not only one-to-one level of forgiveness but also at a community level.

  • Priest

    • Represent god and the community


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The Ritual of Reconciliation: Symbolic Actions and Words

  • Three Forms of the Rite

    • A celebration for an individual

    • A communal celebration for penitents with individual confession and absolution

    • A communal celebration for several penitents with general confession and absolution

  • Absolution

    • release of penitents from guilt of their sins


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Reconciliation in Words and Symbols

  • Greeting

    • Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son be with you in truth and love

      • Amen

  • The Word of God

    • (Ezekiel 11:19-20)

  • Confession of sins

    • I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers, that I have sinned through my own fault…


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    Reconciliation in Words and Symbols

    • Penitent’s Prayer of Contribution

      • My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart…

    • Absolution

      • God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son …Amen

    • Praise of God and Dismissal

      • Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His mercy endures for ever. The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace


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    Reconciliation’s History

    • Jesus was a healer.

      • Church has tried in various ways to be a sacrament of healing forgiveness, in imitation of Jesus the healer.


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    Reconciliation’s History

    • Reconciliation for Major Sins: Available Only Once.

      • Excommunication as a Break from the Community

      • A “second Baptism” for Re-entry


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    Private Confession: Reconciliation with a Personal Touch

    • Early Christians never went through the official process of Penance.

      • Found forgiveness of sins by sharing in the Mass.

    • Irish Monks

      • Would confess their sins to each other, the monk that was listening would pray for the forgiveness of God.


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    Confession as Confidential

    • Seal of confession

      • The priest must never reveal what has been said to him in a confession.


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    A Needed Symbol of God’s Forgiveness

    • Other sacraments in which forgiveness takes place:

      • Baptism

      • Eucharist

    • Reconciliation does happen in every day life apart from the official rite.


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