Aside

Private Confession in the Prayerbook

The use of private confession:

And because it is requisite, that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in God’s mercy, and with a quiet conscience; therefore, if there be any of you, who by this means [i.e. by self-examination and repentance] cannot quiet his own conscience herein, but requireth further comfort or counsel; let him come to me, or to some other discreet and learned Minister of God’s Word, and open his grief; that by the ministry of God’s holy Word he may receive the benefit of absolution, together with ghostly [i.e. spiritual] counsel and advice, to the quieting of his conscience, and avoiding of all scruple and doubtfulness.

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