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Origin and Meaning of Penance

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pen"ance
  1. Repentance.(Obs)
  2. Pain; sorrow; suffering.(Obs)"Joy or penancehe feeleth none." [Chaucer.]
  3. [Eccl] A means of repairing a sin committed, and obtaining pardon for it, consisting partly in the performance of expiatory rites, partly in voluntary submission to a punishment corresponding to the transgression, imposed by a confessor or other ecclesiastical authority. Penance is the fourth of seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church."And bitter penance, with an iron whip." [Spenser.]"Quoth he, “The man hath penance done, And penance more will do.”" [Coleridge.]
  4. Hence:Any act performed by a person to atone for an offense to another; an act of atonement.(Colloq)

Etymology: OF. penance peneance, L. paenitentia repentance. See Penitence

verb Pen"ance
To impose penance; to punish.
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  1. A Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution
  2. Voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
  3. Remorse for your past conduct

From Middle English penaunce, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French peneance, from Latin paenitentia (“penitence”).

  1. A voluntary self-imposed punishment for a sinful act or wrongdoing. It may be intended to serve as reparation for the act.
  2. A sacrament in some Christian churches.
  3. (obsolete) repentance
  4. (obsolete) pain; sorrow; suffering

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Past life for Penance born Jul 9, 1954

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Portugal approximately on 1375. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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