Leaving aside the theological, political, and pastoral issues involved with the three forms of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I’d like to ask you about your handling, if you were sitting in the big chair, of the form of the sacrament that involves many penitents, one liturgy, and individual confession and absolution.
My parish will celebrate it Tuesday night. A subset of the women of our larger adult choir will lead the music. We’ll have about ten confessors and it will last about sixty to seventy minutes.
Perhaps your parish’s “communal penance service” has already taken place and your memories are fresh. If so, share with us how yours might be organized, were you making the call.
How would you promote either this service or form I? What would the liturgy of the word look like? Do you invite people to remain for the conclusion or send them on their way after receiving absolution?