A book or set of rules pertaining to the Christian sacrament of penance.
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Penitential Sentence Examples
Litanies The Penitential rite; Prayer of the Faithful; the Lamb of God.
Damiani advocated the substitution of flagellation for the recitation of the penitential psalms, and drew up a scale according to which 1000 strokes were equivalent to ten psalms, and 15,000 to the whole psalter.
In it were written most of the penitential hymns, which were possibly thought to require a more euphonious idiom than, for example, hymns of praise.
Litanies The Penitential Rite; Prayer of the Faithful; the Lamb of God.
The fifth canon of the council of Macon, in 584, forbids clergy to dress like laymen and imposes a penalty of thirty days' imprisonment on bread and water; but this may be merely penitential.