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Confession or Reconciliation is part of the Church’s Healing Ministry:
It has always been part of the Church of England’s sacramental life. It is quite clearly laid out in the Book of Common Prayer 1662 under the Visitation of the Sick.
It is a sacrament which liberates and refreshes the penitent; calls for a degree of honesty in that the words have to be spoken and once “out there” can no longer be hidden; it elicites advice which otherwise those struggling with their acknowedged failures before the Lord might not hear, access or heed.
Confessing to one another is encouraged in the letter of St James and Jesus himself in the Gospel gives authority to his apostles to exercise the ministry of forgiveness and healing. The confidential sanctity of the sacrament avoids any misuse of a person’s troubles and perceived weaknesses. Both priest and penitent are bound by this sacramental bond and nothing of what passes between them may ever be repeated to another.
Now the sacrament is known by the more helpful title of Reconciliation. The penitent is reconciled to God by the Lord’s own act of forgiveness, pronounced by the priest; only the Lord can forgive and reconcile us to himself. Only the Lord by the power of his Cross and Resurrection can liberate us from all that wrecks our life.
Here at St Peter’s the sacrament of Reconcilation is available and offered; teaching on how to go about it is also given.
Those desiring to make use of the sacrament can do so by appointment with Fr. Michael.
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