A book or set of rules pertaining to the Christian sacrament of penance.
Penitential Sentence Examples
penitential practices were firmly rooted in the Anglo-Saxon church's ministry for the laity.
In the diocese of Rome, exercised discipline of a penitential kind over their lay members; but in later times their censures have generally ceased to carry temporal consequences.
The practice of confession in the Church of England practically dates from his two sermons on The Entire Absolution of the Penitent, in 1846, in which the revival of high sacramental doctrine is complemented by the advocacy of a revival of the penitential system which medieval theologians had appended to it.
It is difficult to say how far some of these temporal penalties were penitential only or how far they could be inflicted in invitos.
commissary ordered that barefoot and in penitential fashion he should offer a candle to the principal image, and should certify.