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    ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.

    December, 2012

    Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents

    With Individual Confession and Absolution

    Introductory Rites

    Opening Hymn

    Greeting Introduction

    Opening Prayer

    Celebration of the Word of God

    First Reading

    Responsorial Psalm [Second Reading]

    Gospel Acclamation

    Gospel Homily

    Examination of Conscience

    Rite of Reconciliation

    General Confession of Sin

    Litany of Repentance Lords Prayer

    Concluding Prayer

    Individual Confession of Sin and Absolution Proclamation of Praise for Gods Mercy

    Concluding Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Concluding Rite

    Blessing Dismissal

    Closing Hymn

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    Hospitality ministers to welcome the assembly as they arrive and to distribute worship aids.

    Lectors to proclaim the readings and assist in the proclamation

    of the Examination of Conscience.

    Musician and cantor to lead the assembly in song.

    The lectionary with the readings prepared ahead of time and placed at the ambo.

    Stations for confessors should be designated ahead of time.

    Alb and stole [and purple cope]

    Lighting may be subdued. Candles should be lit near the ambo

    (and altar if desired).The appropriate number of candles on the

    Advent Wreath should be lit as well.

    The presider and other priest confessors may walk in procession behind cross and candles.

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    Opening Hymn

    Sign of the Cross and Greeting Presider: In the name of the Father All: Amen. Grace and peace be with you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ who laid down his life for our sins. All: Glory to him for ever. Amen. (ROP, 96)


    Presider: My brothers and sisters,

    Advent is a time of joyful expectation as we await the coming of Christ once again into our world. It is also a time of preparation; a time for us to prepare our hearts and make ready the way of the Lord.

    Aware that we are sinners, let us repent of our sins, cast off deeds of darkness, and put on the armor of light. Let us live honestly in the daylight and joyfully welcome Christ into our lives.

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    Opening Prayer

    Presider: Let us pray that when he comes he may find us awake and ready to receive him.

    (Pause for a moment of silence)

    Almighty and merciful God, you have brought us together in the

    name of your Son

    to receive your mercy and grace in our time of need. Open our eyes to see the evil we have

    done. Touch our hearts and convert us to

    yourself. Where sin has divided and scattered, may your love make us one again; where sin has brought weakness, may your power heal and strengthen;

    where sin has brought death, may your Spirit raise us to new life. Give us a heart to love you, so that our lives may reflect the image of your Son. May the world see the glory of Christ revealed in your Church, and come to know that he is the One

    whom you have sent,

    Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen. (ROP, 99)

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    The following are suggested readings. Alternative readings may

    be selected.

    First Reading Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (ROP, 108) Today I have set before you life and

    prosperity, death and doom.

    Responsorial Psalm Psalm 85 Lord, let us see your kindness and grant us

    your salvation.

    Second Reading 1 John 5 - 2:2 (ROP, 168) If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and

    just and will forgive our sins.

    Gospel Acclamation Come, O Lord, do not delay; forgive the sins of your people. Gospel Luke 15:1-10 (ROP, 191)

    There will be more joy in heaven over one

    sinner who repents.


    Examination of Conscience

    A period of time may be spent in making an examination of conscience and in

    arousing true sorrow for sins. The priest, deacon, or another minister may help

    the faithful by brief statements or a kind of litany, taking into consideration their

    circumstances, age, etc. The following examination may be read by two readers.

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    A response may be sung between each of the verses.

    Reader 1: John the Baptist enjoins us to Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Do I sincerely want to be set free from sin, to turn again to God, and to enter into a deeper friendship with God? Have I prayed regularly and participated in the Sunday Eucharist weekly? Have I loved my neighbor as myself, or do I use them for my own good? Have I been loving and kind towards my children, co-workers, and friends? Have I obeyed my parents? Am I jealous or harbor ill thoughts towards others? Do I ask forgiveness when I have hurt a family member or friend? We have sinned against you Lord.

    [Sung Response Be Merciful, O Lord or some other appropriate response may be sung] Reader 2: St. John says, If we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of his Son, Jesus, cleanses us from all sin.

    Do I seek the light of Christ by praying daily, reading Scripture, and listening for Gods voice in my life? Do I seek Gods will? Have I been honest

    and truthful? Have I forgiven others as I have been forgiven? Have I participated in gossip or given harsh judgment upon others? Have I been faithful in my marriage? Have I been faithful in my commitments? Have I done violence to others in word or deed? Have I been willing to be the light of Christ by speaking the truth, even when it is

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    difficult? Do I seek to be at peace with others and

    with myself?

    We have sinned against you Lord

    [Sung Response Be Merciful, O Lord or some other appropriate response may be sung]

    Reader 1: Moses said, Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom... If you obey the

    commandments of the Lordyou will live. Do I choose to reverence life at every stage? Do I care for the least among us: the unborn, the sick, the poor, the oppressed, the elderly? Do I share my wealth with those in need? Do I give my time to the lonely? Do I work for justice and peace? Do I care for the resources of our earth? Do I visit the imprisoned?

    Reader 2 continues onto the next section.

    Reader 2:

    Do I reverence my body? Do I respect others? Am I concerned for the whole human family or do I focus on my own needs and desires? Do I live in hope, trusting in Gods providence for me and for the world? Am I the face of Christ to others? Do I choose life and live it to the full? We have sinned against you Lord.

    [Sung Response Be Merciful, O Lord or some other appropriate response may be sung]

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    The deacon or another minister invites all to kneel or to bow.

    Presider: My brothers and sisters, confess your sins and pray for each other that you

    may be healed.

    All: I confess to almighty God,

    and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed

    to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore, I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters,

    to pray for me to the Lord our God.

    All stand for the litany of repentance.

    Litany of Repentance Presider: Let us turn to Christ with confidence and

    ask his mercy. Deacon/ Minister: You came into the world to seek and

    save what was lost.

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    All: Lord, have mercy.

    Deacon/ Minister: You brought light to our darkness and led us by your truth. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/ Minister: You came into the world to give us life,

    life in its fullness. All: Lord, have mercy. Deacon/ Minister: You change hearts of stone into hearts

    of flesh.

    All: Lord, have mercy.

    Deacon/ Minister: In your mercy free us from the past and enable us to begin a new life of

    holiness. All: Lord, have mercy.

    Deacon/ Minister: Make us a living sign, a light for all

    nations, a people reconciled with you and with each other.

    All: Lord, have mercy.

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    Lords Prayer Presider: Now, in obedience to Christ himself, let us join in prayer to the Father, asking him to forgive us as we forgive others. All: Our Father. . . The priest concludes:

    Concluding Prayer

    Presider: Lord, draw near to your servants who in the presence of your Church

    confess that they are sinners. Through the ministry of your Church free them all from sin so that renewed in spirit they may give you thankful praise.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    Individual Confession and Absolution

    The presider and other confessors move to their designated locations

    to hear individual confessions and to offer individual absolution.

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    Proclamation of Praise for Gods Mercy

    When individual confessions have been completed, the presiding minister invites a