Definition of sacrament of reconciliation in English:

sacrament of reconciliation

Syllabification: sac·ra·ment of rec·on·cil·i·a·tion
(also sacrament of penance)


  • (Chiefly in the Roman Catholic Church) the practice of private confession of sins to a priest and the receiving of absolution.
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    • But the sacrament of reconciliation, conceivably the most relevant comfort the church can provide prisoners, is not available where priests are absent.
    • Despite evidence that fewer Catholics partake of the sacrament of reconciliation, I have observed that virtually all in attendance at Mass receive the Eucharist.
    • Those who are conscious of being in a state of grave sin should avail themselves of the sacrament of reconciliation before coming to Holy Communion.

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