This penance service for Advent uses the readings for the Third Sunday of Advent (Cycle A). Our experience of sin is like being caught in a trap, a cycle of behavior that we can’t seem to avoid or get beyond. Jesus has come into that very circumstance to set us free from all that oppresses us, including feelings of hopelessness and despair. This service is designed to include the individual reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Each order includes a copy of the rubrics for presider and readers.