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We participate in redemption from the power of evil, sin, and death through Jesus Christ who came into the world to save sinners (1 Tm 1:15; see BCP, p. 849). Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). He is our advocate with God the Father and the atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world (1 Jn 2:1). As we share in the death of Adam's original sin, in Christ we may share in the victory of life over sin and death (1 Cor 15:22). The practice of Christian faith is concerned with receiving the grace of God's forgiveness and new life in Christ. The BCP services for the Holy Eucharist and the Daily Offices all include forms for confession of sins (pp. 41-42, 62-63, 79-80, 116-117, 330-332, 360). Reconciliation of a Penitent is a sacramental rite of the Episcopal Church, and the BCP provides two forms for this rite (pp. 447-452). Forgiveness of sins concerns not just the removal of guilt but the restoration of personal relationships with God and others. See Original Sin; see Redeemer. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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