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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

Reconciliation

celebration and forgiveness

reconciliation or penance
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.
confession as a ritual
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.
penance as conversion
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 .
living the paschal mystery
Living the Paschal Mystery
  • Pascal Mystery
    • Lies in the heart of our existence and of the sacraments.
    • The moment from death to resurrection
forgiven by god and the whole community
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
the ritual of reconciliation symbolic actions and words
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
reconciliation in words and symbols
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
reconciliation s history
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
private confession reconciliation with a personal touch
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.
confession as confidential
Confession as Confidential
  • Seal of confession
    • The priest must never reveal what has been said to him in a confession.
a needed symbol of god s forgiveness
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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