The Absolution

As God's answer to Confession, this is pronounced by God's own

messenger. The messenger must have full credentials; i.e. a Deacon

must not say the Absolution.

Both here and in the Confession, the Titles and Attributes of God

should be noticed. His power and mercy were made the grounds of our

appeal to Him. His mercy and authority are now made the grounds of His

answer. The fulness of the declaration of them gives emphasis to the

declaration of pardon which follows.

We find four parts in the Confession and the same parts in the

Absolution, viz.

1. The Title and Attributes of God.

2. The substantial part, i.e. Confession or Absolution.

3. The prayer which is founded thereon.

4. The appeal through our Lord.