Sacraments of Healing

The sacrament of reconciliation, or penance, is where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. The penitent's acts are repentance, confesson and the intention to make reparation and do works of reparation.  The confession of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with God and the Church. Through such an admission, we look squarely at our sins, take responsibility for them, and thereby open ourselves again to God and to the communion of the Church.

This sacrament was instituted by Christ to give the sick spiritual aid and strength to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age; including, if need be, the remission of sins. It consists essentially in the anointing by a priest of the forehead and the hands, while pronouncing the words "Through this holy anointing and His most loving mercy, may the Lord assist you by the grace of the Holy Spirit, so that, freed from your sins, He may save you and in His goodness raise you up."

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