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Congregation for Divine Worship Responds on Confessions during Triduum
Following is an official letter response from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments concerning the administration of the Sacrament of Penance during the Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.] These official responses appear in the CDW’s official publication, Notitiae.
To contact the Congregation, address His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect / Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments / Piazza Pio XII, 10 / 00120 Vatican City (Europe).
Prot. N. 690/03/L
Rome, 9 April 2003
Reverend and Dear Father,
This Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disciplines of the Sacraments has received your letter, sent by fax on 3 April 2003 and containing the question of whether it is permitted to schedule confessions during the Paschal Triduum.
Notwithstanding the Church’s ancient practice of refraining from the celebration of Mass at the stipulated times during Holy Week, as well as prudent reserve regarding the scheduling of Baptisms and Marriages during the same times, the scheduling of Confessions on Good Friday and Holy Saturday is laudable and not at all in conflict either with the letter or the spirit of the liturgical norms. Perhaps one of the more eloquent arguments in support of this position is the practice of the Holy Father himself, who has personally heard confessions as a regular practice on Good Friday.
While it is not the normal practice of this Congregation to reply to individuals by fax even when a communication has been received in this manner, an exception is being made in the present case in view of the fact that your request may have been made in view of the upcoming celebrations.
With every prayerful good wish, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ, [signed], Mons. Mario Marini, Undersecretary