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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... imposition of hands, notwithstanding the doctrine, even of the Roman Church, that the sacrament of confirmation may not be repeated. The Anglican Church followed in the footsteps of Rome with regard to confirmation, except that she has allowed herself more liberty. She does not practice the unction. The Protestant sects retained no trace whatever, in their several teachings, of confirmation, or unction with chrism. CHAPTER XIV. THE SACRAMENT OF REPENTANCE. What is confession, and what is repentance? Why are so many people afraid of both? Do you confound one or both with penance? Do you understand the word? Why should society be horrified, as--with some pretense to consolation--it thinks it is horrified when the season of fast, comes around, and long faces inquire of round faces, whether they are going to confession? Do you know the history and purpose of repentance? Confession is no bugbear. It is an action. Repentance is not a ghost. It is a condition of our nature. And so, if there is a foundation, a purpose, a history of repentance, there must also be a result to all this--to repentance I mean, or it would not be to-day as old as the human race! Let us now first hear of the origin of confession and repentance, and then, having traced it down through the ages to our day, we shall see the results, or more accurately speaking, we shall see the fruits of repentance. In doing so we will pay particular attention to the first confession ever heard on earth, and see what a terrible curse can follow an improper confession, as well as a blessing follows a true confession. At the same time we must bear in mind that the Old Testament's record of repentance we employ as history, while the teaching of the New Testament are the words essentially...
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