- n. Plural form of penitent.
“The great thing Christ eyes in penitents is their eyeing him in their repentance.”
“Certain penitents, in a show of incredible remorse (absurd stupidity? faith?), have themselves nailed to crosses and bake under the sun on Good Friday in imitation of Christ.”
“For, as great wickedness before conversion keeps not true penitents from the benefits of God's grace, so neither should it keep professing ones from church-fellowship.”
“After confessing to a human mediator — "the wise one, in whose hands lay the books, the paintings" — the penitents were then instructed to perform further rites such as fasting or passing reeds through their tongue, ear, or penis. 37 The Nahuas called this rite of confession neyolmelahualiztli, "straightening one's heart," a practice that restored internal equilibrium by returning the heart to its proper place.”
“Among his penitents was a beautiful young girl, about nineteen years old.”
“Next day, appropriate sermons in the churches, processions in the afternoon, in which wax figures of Christ and the Virgin Mary were carried by men got up in fancy dresses as soldiers and centurions, and so called penitents, walking covered with black shrouds and veils, with small round holes to look through, or in the yellow dress and extinguisher cap, both with flames and devils painted on them.”
“A practice crept in of posing in church as penitents, that is, of kneeling, on all days alike.”
“Tertullian gives a very striking account of the course pursued by those called penitents about that period.”
“She writes that in the 11th Century there were religious wierdos known as penitents who wrote long rule books about every single sex act possible and the corresponding punishment you should incure for doing it.”
“In its streets are "penitents," wandering, in sackcloth and sandals, with a downcast look and a rope for self-castigation, among soldiers in new French uniforms and ladies in the latest Paris fashions.”
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