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1The Book of Common Prayer,

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Concerning the Rite

The ministry of reconciliation, which has been committed by Christ to

his Church, is exercised through the care each Christian has for others,

through the common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship,

and through the priesthood of the Church and its ministers declaring

absolution.

The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to times of sickness. Confessions may be heard anytime and anywhere.

Two equivalent forms of service are provided here to meet the needs of

penitents. The absolution in these services may be pronounced only by a

bishop or priest. Another Christian may be asked to hear a confession,

but it must be made clear to the penitent that absolution will not be

pronounced; instead, a declaration of forgiveness is provided.

When a confession is heard in a church building, the confessor may sit

inside the altar rails or in a place set aside to give greater privacy,

and the penitent kneels nearby. If preferred, the confessor and

penitent may sit face to face for a spiritual conference leading to

absolution or a declaration of forgiveness.

When the penitent has confessed all serious sins troubling the conscience and has given evidence of due contrition, the priest gives such counsel

and encouragement as are needed and pronounces absolution. Before

giving absolution, the priest may assign to the penitent a psalm, prayer,

or hymn to be said, or something to be done, as a sign of penitence and

act of thanksgiving.

The content of a confession is not normally a matter of subsequent

discussion. The secrecy of a confession is morally absolute for the

confessor, and must under no circumstances be broken.

The Reconciliation

of a Penitent




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