oxford views updated Jun 08 2018
The statement and the enactment of the forgiveness of sins
, and of release from them. It is a sacrament in the Roman Catholic
) Churches, with absolution being pronounced by a priest
. In Russian Orthodoxy
, the form of absolution is in the form of a prayer (precatory), ‘May our Lord and God Jesus
Christ forgive you’, followed by the statement (indicative), ‘I, n., through the power given to me by him, forgive you and absolve you.…’ In the Catholic tradition, the indicative form became standard from the time of the Council of Trent
onward. When the rite of penance was revised after Vatican II
, a precatory form was added.
gale views updated Jun 11 2018
Absolution ★★ 1981 (R)
Two English boys trapped in a Catholic boarding school conspire to drive a tyrannical priest over the edge of sanity. As a result, bad things (including murder) occur. Burton is interesting in sadistic character study. Not released in the U.S. until 1988 following Burton's death, maybe due to something written in the will. 105m/C VHS, DVD . GB Richard Burton, Dominic Guard, Dai Bradley, Andrew Keir, Billy Connolly, Willoughby Gray, Preston Lockwood, James Ottaway, Brook Williams, Jon Plowman, Robin Soans, Trevor Martin; D: Anthony Page; W: Anthony Shaffer; C: John Coquillon; M: Stanley Myers.
oxford views updated May 21 2018
ab·so·lu·tion / ˌabsəˈloōshən/ •
n. formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment. ∎ an ecclesiastical declaration of forgiveness of sins.
oxford views updated May 29 2018
Formal rite carried out by a Christian priest in which repentant sinners are forgiven the sins they have confessed. The rite is based on the authority given by Christ to his apostles to forgive sins. See also confession