Dating of easter sunday
Q: When I was a kid, everyone was required during Lent to make his “Easter Duty.” Every parishioner received a card from the parish.When we went to confession before Easter, we handed the card to the priest.The mention of the “age of discretion” refers to the fact that children who are too young to have made their First Confession are of course exempt from this obligation.
Let’s take a look at what the current law says about confessing one’s sins at Easter time, and compare it to church law in the past.
Canon 989 states merely that everyone who has reached the age of discretion is required to confess his grave sins at least once a year.
On the surface, it’s a very simple, straightforward canon, but let’s unpack it to be sure we understand exactly what is required of us.
The preceding canon does note that it is recommended that the faithful also confess their venial sins (c.
988.2 ); but a recommendation is not an obligation.The most fundamental theological teaching about the sacrament of penance—that reception of the sacrament is necessary when we are conscious of having committed grave sin (c.