3. Confession and Absolution

What is confession and absolution?
After repenting and confessing our sins to God in the presence of a priest, the priest declares God’s forgiveness to us with authority given by God (John 20:22–23).

What grace does God give in absolution?
Absolution conveys to the penitent God’s pardon through the cross, thus declaring reconciliation and peace with God, and bestowing assurance of His grace and salvation.