Saturday, August 6, 2011
Reconciliation of the Penitents in the Sarum Rite

The following series of videos shows a reenactment of the Reconciliation of the Penitents, a liturgical act performed on Maundy Thursday before the Mass.

The Liturgical Act was found in early 16th century books. Those whose sins were of sufficient magnitude were expelled from the Church on Ash Wednesday and re-admitted as part of this Rite on Maundy Thursday.

"Venite, venite, venite, filii; audite me : timorem Domini docebo vos." ("Come, children, hearken to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord."), sings the priest to begin the ceremony.

For additional information on this reenactment, please see this PDF from the National Museum in Wales.

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