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The Rites – Introduction

“… 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 … Continue reading

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The Rites – The Byzantine Churches

Here, we provide two examples of the individual rite of confession as seen in the Byzantine churches.  The first example is more Eastern whereas the second is more Roman. The Administration of Confession (from “The Offices of the Oriental Church” … Continue reading

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The Rites – The Syriac Church

AN EXAMPLE OF THE SYRIAC TRADITION (from the 12th century) “… confession [should] be heard while seated at the door of the church.  The penitent should present himself with head uncovered, hands joined, eyes downcast, and kneel at the priest’s … Continue reading

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The Rites – The Armenian Church

For many Aremenians, the rite is based off of the formulations of Patriarch Maschdotz from the 9th century.  There are many variations and some use the indicative absolution while others use a deprecative: “God forgives your sins.”  The rite is … Continue reading

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The Rites – The Coptic Church

According to Chapungco, “there is no rite of penance in Coptic [books of] rituals” (Chapungco 112).  This makes it very difficult to provide an outline of the rite.  Chapungco provides a partial one, drawing from manuscripts used by Orthodox Copts: … Continue reading

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Regulation of the Sacrament

As we have seen, there is not a uniform practice of the sacrament among the Eastern Churches.  There is, however, the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches (also known as the Eastern Code of Canon Law).  This was promulgated … Continue reading

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Books of the Eastern Churches

The question may arise: Where can I find the sacraments and rituals of the Eastern Churches?  What books might be helpful?  It is true that a couple Churches do not have some rites written in liturgical books of their own– … Continue reading

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