A faithful bishop once said, “The only way for sin to leave the body is through the mouth.” We have indeed “all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
But as St. John promises us, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
This is the very heart of God’s mission in Christ. He sent His Son into the world, “not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17). Christ is present in the world today as divine physician and healer. He has come to save us and make us whole.
Our salvation begins with repentance. And God is quick to forgive, because His will is reconciliation.
One of the great gifts God has given to His Church is the ministry of reconciliation and forgiveness of sins.
In addition to the Confession of Sin that is said by the whole community in the context of public worship, the Reconciliation of a Penitent (The Book of Common Prayer 447) has several distinct advantages:
- A compassionate and understanding priest represents the tangible presence of God’s forgiveness and love.
- More time is given in private confession for spiritual direction and counsel.
- The assurance of pardon and grace of absolution is received.
Confessions may be heard anytime and anywhere. Opportunities for private confession are available seasonally throughout the year (i.e. during Advent and Lent), and by appointment. Read and download the booklet to prepare of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).