Some progress with the Confessional

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This parish, Holy Redeemer in Andrews, NC, has a work-Confessional. No brooms, vacuum cleaners, zambonis or what not in our Confessional, converting it into a janitor’s closet. No, no. The clean-up here is for the soul, and is done with the abrasive force of none other than the Blood of Christ Jesus.

There’s more work to be done, like framed acts of contrition in various language to be added to the penitent side just to either side of the screen, and framed absolutions in various rites and languages on the priest side. Also, I’d like to move the crucifix and two oval pictures of Jesus and Mary alongside the door where it’s easier for the priest to see them. Then some kind of CD player for chant to be played softly as a noise muffler. Usually, there’s tons of prayers going on outside in the church, a rather raucous rosary (I like that) or an enthusiastic part of the Liturgy of the Hours. (I like that a lot).

More things to be added in future. But the huge consolation with all this… is that this is a working-Confessional. The heaviest use is during early morning adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Of course.


Filed under Adoration, Confession, Missionaries of Mercy

3 responses to “Some progress with the Confessional

  1. Aussie Mum

    Your side of the confessional is still so basic – not yet finished – and your parishioner’s side so well appointed. You have been busy giving your best to your spiritual children, happy to be able to provide for them, and have left yourself to last. That is so parent-like.

    The parishioners’ side of the confessional is truly beautiful. I have never seen any other so well appointed, drawing the penitent into the loving arms of Jesus and Mary.

    Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Aussie Mum

    Concerned that the US attack on Iran in Iraq and Iran’s retaliatory strike could lead to WWIII, I am hoping Pope Francis calls on Catholic parishes throughout the world to gather their people to pray the Rosary for the situation to be defused. So far, according to Vatican News (online): ‘Without referring to any specific countries, the Pope said there is a “terrible air of tension” in many parts of the world. “I call upon all parties to fan the flame of dialogue and self-control, and to banish the shadow of enmity”.’ That call needs to be backed by much prayer.

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