Category Archives: Rite of Penance

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 22:54-62

Were it not for the grace of reconciliation, Peter would have shared some of the tragedy of Judas in Christian tradition. So soon after he acclaims, “You are the Christ,” he states, “I do not know him.” He insists, “I … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-11

We associate the prophet Isaiah with Advent, and with just cause. The fifty-eighth chapter of the book is rather a blast of reality-check in the middle of an otherwise-comforting section (chapters 40 through 66). The prophet begins not with a confession, but … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 45:1-8

Our associate pastor suggested an Old Testament reading outside of the Reconciliation Lectionary for the parish’s Lenten Communal Penance this year. I thought I’d include it in our series and invite your comments. I confess thinking of Donny Osmond at … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, A Psalm of Memory

We pick up on the long passage in #110 of the Rite of Penance. In yesterday’s post, we looked at the role of memory in reconciliation. We also viewed an introduction of ritual and liturgy into the Israelites’ of return … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, Confession

Reconciliation involves remembering. Remembering is a human activity, and helps us recall the good and the bad. We take stock of where we stand and we look to the future. We emphasize the good things, because we want to repeat … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Liturgy Without the Sacrament

I had an intriguing conversation with the pastor a few months ago. I’m still mulling over the implications. I have to wonder if some other parish hasn’t done this already. It’s in the Roman Missal, the page before the Ash … Continue reading

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