Friday, March 16, 2012

Sacramental Rites

Q. What is Reconciliation of a Penitent (aka Confession)?

A. Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.
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 Christ and his 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. The old adage: “all may, some should, none must” is a good way of describing this rite. It can be found on page 447 in the Book of Common Prayer.
Q. What is Unction of the Sick?

A. Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body.
On the Third Sunday of the Month, there is a public laying on of hands and anointing for healing at the Altar Rail following both services. The Rector also visits those in the hospital when notified and offers both unction and communion. Ministration to the Sick is on page 453 in the Book of Common Prayer.

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