The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to time of sickness. Confessions may be made at any time and in any suitable place. … The absolution is restoration to full fellowship: the priest declares the forgiveness which Christ has invested in his Church.  (The Book of Alternative Services, page 166)

Also known as Confession, this sacrament is perhaps the least understood. Why tell God something that God already knows… in the presence of another person? Because there are times in our lives when things we do (or don’t do) block us from growing spiritually. They stand between us and God and we can’t get around them. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a way of removing the barriers that our bad behaviours create. Someone once said, “Talking about things makes them real.” To do so with a person who is obligated to confidentiality — and then hear that God loves and forgives us in spite of what we’ve done — can be a very healing experience. It is meant to be a regular part of a Christian’s spiritual development.

In the Anglican Church, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not mandatory before receiving Eucharist as it is in some denominations. There is a simple rule that applies here: “All can, some should, none must.”

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment with our parish priest.