There is a saying in The Episcopal Church regarding sacramental confession, or the Reconciliation of a Penitent: All can; some should; none must. Over the years, I have found confession/reconciliation to be a powerful means of restoration and the realization of grace in our lives. Of course we “confess” whenever we receive Holy Eucharist in what we call a “corporate confession.” The reality is that we typically do not take much time in that silence between the invitation to confession and the actual words we say to think about those places where we are separated from God, those places that need God’s forgiveness and blessing. The rite of Reconciliation helps us to go deeper, and opens us in new ways to receive absolution with clearer conscience and a more open heart and soul.
Quoting from my friend’s newsletter, “The Rite of Reconciliation is available at all times, but is especially encouraged during the penitential season of Lent. You will find the service in our Book of Common Prayer beginning at page 447. If you have any questions about the service or if you would like to know how best to prepare for this time of offering to Christ that which has separated you from God, in the presence of a priest, please see me. I offer this service within the framework of spiritual [conversation], allowing the Spirit to bring to the surface what needs to be attended to and then to inviting the healing presence of Christ into your heart and soul. You do not need to do this work alone. You are always doing it with God and I am always available to be your companion and guide to help you let go of, or embrace, what you need to be ready for Easter.”
Please be in touch with me if you would like to explore or try this means of filling your broken spaces with Christ’s forgiveness and love. ~AMT+