penitential book
Penitential Pen`i*ten"tial, n. (R. C. Ch.) A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions, containing rules for the imposition of penances; -- called also {penitential book}. [1913 Webster]

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  • penitential book — ▪ religious manual       any of the manuals used in Europe by priests of the Western church, especially during the early Middle Ages, in administering ecclesiastical penance. (The name penance is applied to both a sacramental rite and acts… …   Universalium

  • Penitential canons — are religious rules laid down by councils or bishops concerning the penances to be done for various sins. These canons, collected, adapted to later practice, and completed by suitable directions formed the nucleus of the Penitential Book s (see… …   Wikipedia

  • Penitential — Pen i*ten tial, a. [Cf. F. p[ e]nitentiel.] Of or pertaining to penitence, or to penance; expressing penitence; of the nature of penance; as, the penitential book; penitential tears. Penitential stripes. Cowper. [1913 Webster] Guilt that all the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Penitential — Pen i*ten tial, n. (R. C. Ch.) A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions, containing rules for the imposition of penances; called also {penitential book}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penitential — [pen΄i ten′shəl] adj. [ML(Ec) penitentialis] of, constituting, or expressing penitence or penance n. 1. a penitent 2. a list or book of rules governing religious penance penitentially adv …   English World dictionary

  • Penitential — A penitential is a book or set of church rules concerning the Christian sacrament of penance, a new manner of reconciliation with God [Rouche 1987, p. 528.] that was first developed by Celtic monks in Ireland in the sixth century AD. When priests …   Wikipedia

  • Book of hours — A book of hours is the most common type of surviving medieval illuminated manuscript. Each book of hours is unique in one way or another, but all contain a collection of texts, prayers and psalms, along with appropriate illustrations, to form a… …   Wikipedia

  • Book of the Duchess, The —    by Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1370)    CHAUCER’s first extant sustained literary effort, The Book of The Duchess is a DREAM VISION in octosyllabic couplets that is concerned with the death of Blanche, duchess of Lancaster and wife of Chaucer’s very …   Encyclopedia of medieval literature

  • penitential — pen·i·ten·tial || ‚penɪ tenʃl n. book of penance, book containing rules for repenting one s sins adj. of repentance, of penitence; of returning to one s faith …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penitential — penitentially, adv. /pen i ten sheuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressive of penitence or repentance. n. 2. a penitent. 3. a book or code of canons relating to penance, its imposition, etc. [1500 10; < ML penitentialis, LL …   Universalium

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