Communal Penance Service – April 2
On April 2nd we will celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in the format of individual confession within a communal setting. This option stresses our common sinfulness and how the forgiveness of God heals us as a community. The rite for the evening is simple. After prayer, reading from the scriptures, and examination of conscience, we will recite together an Act of Contrition and the Lord’s Prayer. Then those who wish to receive the sacrament will walk forward to one of the confessors present and quietly mention any serious sins and any lesser faults they would choose to present. The priest will then absolve them from their sins. After everyone has confessed, the presider will then give those who have come forward a penance to perform. We will conclude with a prayer, a final blessing, and a closing song.
Please join us for this opportunity to confess our faults and accept the gracious forgiveness of our God.