from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A complete or a common confession.


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  • Although the market is flooded with these types of thrillers and the exomologesis villains seem pathetic, fans will enjoy THE FIRST APOSTLE as Mr. Becker uses historical hypothesis and facts to enhance his electrifying Church conspiracy tale.

    The First Apostle-James Becker « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • Antioch, where being arrived on the eve of a great festival, as the chronicle of Alexandria relates, he presented himself at the Christian oratory, with his wife; but being excluded by the bishop, with a meek rebuke for his crimes, he made his exomologesis, or confession, and ranked himself among the penitents without doors.

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • On penance he is clear, like all the ancients, that for those who have been separated from the Church by sin there is no return except by a humble confession (exomologesis apud sacerdotes), followed by remissio facta per sacerdotes.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • "If they are overtaken by illness, they need not wait for our coming, but may make the exomologesis of their sin before any priest, or, if no priest be at hand, and death is imminent, before a deacon, that thus, by the imposition of his hands unto penance, they may come to the Lord with the peace which the martyrs had besought us by letters to grant."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • The exomologesis terminated with the reconciliation, a solemn function which took place on Holy Thursday just before Mass.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Then followed, usually on Ash Wednesday, the imposition of public penance whereby the sinner was excluded for a longer or shorter period from the communion of the Church and in addition was obliged to perform certain penitential exercises, the exomologesis.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • At a very early period, the exomologesis was divided into four parts or "stations", and the penitents were grouped in as many different classes according to their progress in penance.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • It sometimes even happened that words bodily incorporated were afterwards replaced by translations (e.g., chrisma by donum, hypostasis by substantia or persona, exomologesis by confessio, synodus by concilium).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • It was adopted as a principle that they should be encouraged to repent, and, under certain conditions and after adequate public penance (exomologesis), should be readmitted to communion.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Communion is never mentioned, since catechumens are addressed; but if exomologesis did not eventually restore all Christian privileges, there could be no reason for fearing that the mention of it should act as an encouragement to sin, for a lifelong penance would hardly be a reassuring prospect.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon


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