“… neither to his father nor mother, nor wife, nor friend, nor king will a Christian reveal those secrets of his soul which he now reveals to God and to you. And if a surgeon wields his knife with great care and fear, in order to perform his necessary but dangerous incisions into the human body, then, of course, you must tremble and pray many times more that you will heal, and not kill, the immortal soul.” (Confession, p. 14)
The celebration of the sacrament takes various forms, depending upon which church you attend. Individual rites often vary according to the degree of assimilation of Roman practices. For example, the Maronite church– which never separated from Rome– uses the “Tridentine” rite.
The Byzantine churches– those that have been re-united with Rome– often incorporate traditionally Roman elements in their prayers and customs, but not always. For example, some use the Roman form of absolution, others do not; some use confessionals, many do not. Unfortunately, many Eastern Catholic Churches have been so decimated by wars and exile that many rites are not easily found except through attendance at the particular church or through ancient texts which may no longer be used in daily practice.