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PENANCE, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical punishment, inflicted by an ecclesiastical court, for some spiritual offence. Ayl. Par. 420.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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According to Ronald Ringor, 40, a penitent for 18 years, people playing Morion in Mogpog are encouraged to undergo Church recollection prior to Holy Week.
But Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing, and the members of the syndicate were celebrating Penitent's 10th career win.
Luther instituted the Verhor in which a penitent was examined by the pastor prior to admittance to the Lord's Table (85).
"Perdono, mio Dio": durant plus de deux heures le penitent et la foule qui l'a suivi ont psalmodie ce chant de demande de pardon divin resonnant le long des austeres facades de granit gris.
Second to Gordon Lord Byron in the Group One Prix de la Foret in Paris last October, Penitent has been working under trainer David O'Meara.
B B V B B B Penitent, winner of the race in 2010 when trained by William Haggas, enjoyed a fantastic first season for O'Meara and Middleham Park Racing, winning two Group Two prizes.
Since joining David O'Meara at the start of the campaign, Penitent has delivered three victories, including two at Group Two level, as well as running numerous good races in defeat.
Hot on the heels of the down-to-earth organisation's victory in last week's Nell Gwyn Stakes through Esentepe, recent purchase Penitent drew a length and threequarters clear of Princess Haya's Questioning, with 15-8 favourite Famous Name a distant third in the colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah.
William Haggas saddled High Low (1992), Very Wise (2007) and Penitent (2010) to win the Lincoln and has a major contender in Fury, who was this time last year being prepared for the 2000 Guineas, in which he finished fifth.
Now with David O'Meara, Penitent was bought for 40,000 guineas by Middleham Park Racing at the Tattersalls Sales in October and was sent to the Nawton handler.
The room is small and dimly lit, and there is barely room for the priest's chair, a screen, and--since Vatican II--the obligatory chair, should any penitent choose to face the priest.
Penitent is another potential winner for the English raiders when he lines up the Celebration Stakes.