The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Or Penance

A Brief History of Reconciliation

Reconciliation was invented near the start of the new testament and there were 3 major stages in it's development:
  • Early Christian penance — from the time of the apostles to the 6th-7th century
  • Tariff penance — from the 7th century till the 12th-13th century
  • Individual confessions — 12th century and after
  • The penances in reconciliation have changed a lot throughout history and it was invented very long ago. Most of the facts about reconciliation history are in the bible. they are in the bible is because most of it is based on an ancient text about as old as Jesus found near the dead sea.
  • Symbols of Reconciliation

    A Description of Reconciliation

    Reconciliation involves confessing your sins to a priest who will give you penance which is kind of like a voluntary punishment so you may be forgiven by the power of jesus. When you are forgiven you will go to heaven instead of hell. You can do the sacrament of reconciliation as much as you like and it is encouraged to be done at least once a year. You recieve reconciliation when you have commited a sin.

    Interesting Info

    1.Only Jesus can forgive your sins

    2.During reconciliation Jesus forgives you through the priest so technically he is doing it

    3.There are two types of sin: a venial sin and a mortal sin

    4.All people are born with a sin which is removed by baptisim

    5.God gives priests powers, one of the powers is the power to forgive our sins with jesus

    Words and Actions Involved

    First you confess your sins to the priest then he gives you a penance to do (That could be community service, charity work or anything like that). After you have your penance the priest does the sign of the cross over your head and says the prayer of absolution which goes like this: "I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." When all that is done you are forgiven and you get to go to heavan when you die.

    How Reconciliation is Important to the Catholic Church

    There are lots of reasons why Sacrament of Reconciliation is important to the catholic church. The main reason is because we are forgiven our sins and it brings us closer to God

    The Parts of the Bible Which Reconciliation Comes From

    In Matthew 16:19 Jesus made Peter head of the church and gave him the power of loosing and binding which is practically reconciliation. Mark 2:7 says that "only God can forgive sins" and this is where we get the knowledge that only jesus can forgive sins and further on in that part it also tells us that jesus uses the priests to forgive people at reconciliations. John 20:23 pretty much sums it all up: "Receive the Holy Spirit (Jesus is speaking to the apostles). Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."