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penitential

Chiefly RC Church a book or compilation of instructions for confessors
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Pius V (1568) included the Penitential Psalms in an appendix after the Commons, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Office of the Dead.
Roman Ritual 1614 Title V, Chapter 3], the penitential psalms were indicated in certain prayers for the anointing of the infirm and the reconciliation of penitents on their deathbed.
Outside of the official liturgy of the Church, the penitential psalms also appeared.
LEADING UP TO THE REFORMS OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL The penitential psalms slowly began to lose their place in the prayer of the Church during the first liturgical reforms of the twentieth century.
Following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the future of the penitential psalms and other of the so-called "little offices" became murky and the communication from Rome does not appear at all consistent.
One response specifically addresses the topic of the so-called "little offices," among which the seven penitential psalms are generally included: "Whether little Offices after the restoration of the sacred Liturgy are to be abolished?
The penitentials came into existence when the practices of the earliest centuries collapsed under the weight of their rigidity; pastorally they were not usable.
Like the earlier penitentials the summae are manuals for confessors, giving an astonishing number of ways of sinning, classifying them, and providing a list of questions the confessor might pose to the penitent.
67) But the summae are consciously turning away from the austere externality of satisfaction as found in the penitentials to interior contrition.
The practice of the confessor questioning the penitent has its roots in the penitentials and is not a novelty of the summae.
From the days of the early Irish penitentials there is a presumption that penitents conceal some sins, thus endangering integrity.
Any judgment on integrity in the summae must recall the role which spiritual direction played in confession since the days of the Irish and Frankish penitentials.