Sacraments of Initiation and Children
What's in a name?
With the revision of the celebration (liturgy) of the Sacraments after the Second Vatican Council, in reviewing this sacrament the Church issued the
Rites of Reconciliation (2 December 1973).
As their relationship with God grew through the person of Jesus Christ, they responded to his invitation to be reconciled. They came to understand that their words and actions towards others did not reflect their relationship with Jesus. As a parent you experience the hurt of your child by another person, including their brothers and sisters. "Why can't they just get along with each other!" So too, God as Father, and as brother in Jesus experience this hurt.
Outline of the Rite of Reconciliation
Sign of the Cross.
Invitation to trust in God (in these or similar words)
May God who has enlightened every heart,
help you to know your sins and trust in his mercy.
Reading of the Word of God
Confession of Sins
The priest proposes an act of penance with which the penitent accepts to make satisfaction for sin and change their way of behaving.
Prayer of the Penitent
e.g. Father, I have sinned against you,
and am not worthy to be called your son.
Be merciful to me a sinner.
Prayer of Absolution
Proclamation of Praise of God and Dismissal
Priest: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.
Penitent: His mercy endure forever.
Priest: The Lord has freed you from your sins.
Go in peace.