Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

Hymn 674

The corporate Confession of Sin is a liturgical act that, by Book of Common Prayer rubric (“instruction”), we include in the liturgy each time we gather to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, except for the Great 50 Days of Easter when our parish custom is to follow the Early Christian tradition and dispense with the Confession. For the next few weeks, we will be using Prayers of the People, Form VI, which is the only form in our Prayer Book that includes its own Confession form tagged onto the end. While different from the standard Confession on p. 360, this Form VI version is beautiful language in itself. Also, the Gospel passage today is the story of Peter’s famous questioning of Jesus about forgiveness of sin; coupled with this reading is a solid, stately Kentucky Harmony tune for the Sequence Hymn, “Forgive our sins as we forgive.”

-David Perry Ouzts

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