Category Archives: Rite of Penance

Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 73

Saint Augustine did not number the 73rd among his seven penitential psalms.* But if he had, it wouldn’t have been a poor choice. If you were using this psalm in a reconciliation liturgy, he given antiphon for this psalm is … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 53:4-6

The longer version of this reading, verses 1 through 12, is given at number 117 in the Rite of Penance, a long middle section of the ritual book with many, many options for readings. You might recognize the passage as … Continue reading

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Contrition and Delay

A number of years ago I was on retreat, and the monastery provided Penance form II–not for retreatants (there were only 2 or 3 of us on site), but as a matter of course for the monastic community. We lay … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 9:7-19

The ninth chapter of Deuteronomy presents us with a turning-point moment in the history of Israel, and in the whole history of Judeo-Christian faith. Would God have replaced Abraham as the father of a nation, and put Moses in his … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 2 Samuel 12:1-9, 13

The prophet Nathan is a valuable advisor to his king. He offers a devastating parable to David, and we all know the story, right? The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him, he said: “Tell me how … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Jeremiah 2:1-13

Through the prophet, God offers a memory of love and tenderness. If we think about that groom and bridge imagery, those forty years in the desert were, literally, a hell of a honeymoon. I heard it preached once that maybe … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: First Penitents Only?

I noticed at PrayTell a thread on First Confessions and how people do it, hopefully differently from one example given in the in-box there. The correspondent reports one First Penance liturgy being kid-sinners only–no family members. Sit in the purple … Continue reading

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