Confession

or, The Reconciliation of a Penitent

"And when [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on [the disciples], and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” -- John 20:22-23

 

"Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects." -- James 5:16

 

The traditional Anglican rule concerning Confession is “All may; some should; none must.” If any serious sin is bothering your conscience, you should definitely make your confession to a priest and receive absolution before receiving Holy Communion. Also, many parishioners find the discipline of regular confession an immense comfort and aid to spiritual growth.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment or upon request. It is also offered at regularly scheduled times before Christmas and Easter, and during parish Quiet Days. Confessions are normally heard in one of the confessionals in the church, but may be heard in other private locations as well.

 

Please consult the Rector or one of the priests for guidance on how to prepare for and make your confession.

 

A Guide to Making Your Confession