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Reconciliation And Confession

All May, Some Should, None Must

In our Anglican tradition (and others similar), one of the seven sacraments is termed “Reconciliation” — more frequently and informally known as “confession.”

At Apostles, we do not use booths with screens, as we may see in other parishes and in countless movies! Whether kneeling in a confessional booth or simply sitting with the priest, however, the idea remains the same.

Why do we make a confession or seek Reconciliation? We all fall short and commit sin in what we do or say — or sometimes fail to do. When we sit with a priest, the real conversation still happens between us and God. (The priest serves as a visible and living sign of Jesus’ care.)

Finally, confession with a priest is not mandatory in our Anglican tradition. The general rule: “All may. Some should. None must.”

Some Anglicans still request the sacrament of reconciliation on a frequent basis. Other times, it feels appropriate after times of crisis or trauma or particularly poor life decisions. If interested, please look in your Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 447.

If you feel led to inquire about confession and Reconciliation, please contact Father Tim directly to arrange a convenient time. Just like in the movies, what is shared during the time of private confession truly remains in that holy space and goes no farther, without exception.

Moreover, the Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to times of sickness, and therefore, confessions may be heard anytime and anywhere. (BCP, p. 446)