Penitence


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Penitence

Act of Contrition
prayer of atonement said after making one’s confession. [Christianity: Misc.]
Agnes, Sister
former Lady Laurentini; a penitent nun. [Br. Lit.: The Mysteries of Udolpho, Freeman, 4]
Ancient Mariner
telling his tale is penance for his guilt. [Br. Poetry: Coleridge “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”]
Canossa
site of Henry IV’s submission to Pope Gregory VII (1077). [Eur. Hist.: Grun, 140]
Dimmesdale, Arthur
Puritan minister publicly atones for sin of adultery. [Am. Lit.: The Scarlet Letter]
Dismas (Dysmas)
in the Apocryphal gospels, the penitent thief. [Christianity: Benét, 274]
Elul
sixth month of Jewish year; month of repentance. [Judaism: Wigoder, 174]
Flagellants
groups of Christians who practised public flagellation as penance. [Christian Hist.: NCE, 959]
Henry IV (1050–1106)
Holy Roman Emperor who begged forgiveness from the Pope at Canossa. [Eur. Hist.: Benét, 456]
Julian, St., the Hospitaler
for having mistakenly killed his parents, atones by becoming a beggar and helping the wretched. [Christ. Leg.: Attwater]
Mary Magdalene
abjectly cleans Jesus’s feet with tears; dries them with her hair. [N.T.: Luke 7:37–50]
Nineveh
townspeople repented for wickedness by fasting and donning sackcloth. [O.T.: Jonah 3:5–10]
Pelagius the Repentant, St.
dancing-girl converts to solitary, saintly ways. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 272]
penance
Catholic sacrament, whereby the penitent is absolved of sins by the confessor. [Christianity: NCE, 2096]
sable
black fur represents repentance. [Heraldry: Halberts, 37]
sackcloth and ashes
traditional garb of contrition. [O.T.: Jonah 3:6; Esther 4:1–3; N.T.: Matthew 11:21]
scapegoat
sent into wilderness bearing sins of Israelites. [O.T.: Leviticus 16:8–22]
Scarlet Sister Mary
seeks divine forgiveness in night of wild prayer. [Am. Lit.: Scarlet Sister Mary]
skull
always present in pictures of Mary Magdalene repenting. [Christian Art: de Bles, 29]
Tannhäuser
seeking salvation, takes pilgrimage to Rome. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Tannhauser, Westerman, 211]
Tenorio, Don Juan
after sinful lifetime, eleventh-hour repentance saves his soul. [Span. Lit.: Don Juan Tenorio]
Theodosius (346–395) Roman Emperor;
did public penance before St. Ambrose. [Rom. Hist.: EB, 18:272–273]
Twelve Labors of Hercules
undertaken as penance for slaying his children. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 148]
violet
Christian liturgical color; worn during Lent and Advent. [Color Symbolism: Jobes, 357]
Yom Kippur
most sacred Hebrew holy day; the day of atonement. [Judaism: NCE, 182]
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And yet, the few who strengthen their will and crave for the complete transfiguration of their mind and heart so that they may become a pure abode for the Holy Spirit in their souls, may engage themselves in practicing penitence by decrying sins and confessing them to their spiritual father (sent by God and mediating the gift of divine grace and forgiveness), by avoiding temptations or trespasses, by fervent prayers for being forgiven and by cultivating virtues contrary to the sins committed, as the remedy for evil deeds is virtuous deeds, and, eventually, God will again befriend them.
Finally, a couple of substantive chapters address the implementation of confession and penitence, steered by the overall project of imposing Western cultural and economic conceptual perspectives on the Andean autochthonous peoples.
Yet her initial description of Leontes's spiritual state, in which his sins are "heavier / Than all thy woes can stir" and in which "nothing but despair" is available to him, is antithetical to the very notion of penitence since it forecloses any possibility of satisfaction.
The "Ash Wednesday" is derived from the custom of marking foreheads of the faithful with blessed ashes as a sign of penitence.
BEIRUT: A Lebanese abbot who leads a monastery was barred from exercising ecclesiastical duties and sentenced to a life of solitary penitence, according to a statement released by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Byblos and Batroun over the weekend.
The centenary's highlight will be a candle-lit vigil of prayer and penitence at Westminster Abbey finishing, with the last candle being extinguished at 11pm, the moment war was declared.
The Church said that though the women's action 'cannot be left unpunished', if they showed penitence and reconsideration of their action, their words 'shouldn't be left unnoticed'.
Frankly, I also trust men Chambers and Millar, served a long and public penitence and became powerful voices in fight against drugs, a lot than I do some of the supposedly clean athletes who will be competing.
Since the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday has been a day of feasting and penitence.
Still living at home Catherine joined the Dominicans' women's section as a Sister of Penitence.
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday next week and is traditionally a time of penitence for Christians in preparation for Easter.
Towards the end of her life she made many endowments as penitence, one of which helped found the original Bablake School.