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penitential

Chiefly RC Church a book or compilation of instructions for confessors
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On Mount Sainte-Geneviève a sort of Job of the Middle Ages, for the space of thirty years, chanted the seven penitential psalms on a dunghill at the bottom of a cistern, beginning anew when he had finished, singing loudest at night,
She nursed him, she read to him, she anticipated his wants, and was solicitous about his feelings; but there had entered into the husband's mind the certainty that she judged him, and that her wifely devotedness was like a penitential expiation of unbelieving thoughts--was accompanied with a power of comparison by which himself and his doings were seen too luminously as a part of things in general.
When I reproved them, or refused to gratify their wishes, after a glaring fault, it should be more in sorrow than in anger: their little hymns and prayers I would make plain and clear to their understanding; when they said their prayers at night and asked pardon for their offences, I would remind them of the sins of the past day, solemnly, but in perfect kindness, to avoid raising a spirit of opposition; penitential hymns should be said by the naughty, cheerful ones by the comparatively good; and every kind of instruction I would convey to them, as much as possible, by entertaining discourse--apparently with no other object than their present amusement in view.
Must one clatter like kettledrums and penitential preachers?
While Mistry's chapter on the composition, dissemination, use and applicability of penitentials is somewhat muddled, he uses these compendiums of sin and punishment as a way to move into discussions about abortion in the Carolingian era, defined by the dynasty of Charlemagne, emperor of much of western Europe.
He first mentions a group of penitential psalms in his commentary on Psalm 6, where he writes, "Be mindful however, that this psalm is the first of [the] penitentials.
This welcome addition to the EETS series offers all three versions of the Old English translation of the Latin collections of Theodore's penitentials, compiled by Eoda in the early eighth century.
Locating eleventh-century Irish manuals for administering penance in the context of ancient and early medieval theories of disease and beliefs about the debilitating powers of sin, McNeill praised the penitentials for "their moderation, fundamental humaneness, and freedom from fanaticism.
Despite the lack of consistent remaining documents, she utilizes many sources, investigating case studies, penitentials and other clerical writing to discover the ways in which justice was perceived.
Korogodina's study of Russian manuscript penitentials notes that every list of questions asked at confession begins with questions about sex.
Different types of texts were used to prescribe women's behavior within abbeys and other religious centers, and the Penitentials affected life both inside and outside the cloisters.
In most popular books on `Celtic Christians' the penitentials hardly get a mention; their emphasis on humans as sinful creatures and the need for bodily mortification and their implicit strict sexual code are not perceived as agreeable with a `body-friendly' religion of `original blessing'" (49).