'Sacrament of Reconciliation' tagged posts

Q+A: Can you answer why the whole congregation goes up to Communion, without Confession? In the years gone by we all had to go to confession first.

A. Throughout the history of the Church there have been times when almost no one received Communion during Mass. Today, almost everyone receives. The Church does encourage frequent Communion because in the sacrament of the Eucharist Jesus gives his entire Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity to us for our salvation and to unite us to…

Q+A: What is the difference between Confession and Reconciliation?

A: The Sacrament of Reconciliation has had several names given to it throughout history: Penance, Confession, and Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of God’s forgiveness, has three elements to it: Confession, Absolution, and Penance. Confession refers to verbalizing one’s sins to the priest. However, confessing one’s sins is not enough, one must also…