The Words of Forgiveness (Absolution)

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

In God's place, the minister or worship leader speaks words of forgiveness and healing to those who repent in true faith. Traditionally the act of confession is followed by the words of forgiveness spoken by the minister. These are words of assurance to the effect that those who have truly repented of their sin may know with certainty that God has heard their confession and extends a gracious pardon to their request. The words of forgiveness should be short and to the point. This act is...


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