(Latin: reparare, to repair)

Term used in canon law in reference to the reparation of churches; in asceticism, to express the prayers, actions, or sufferings offered to God to make good the evil done by men, particularly on certain occasions of excess, e.g., Mardi Gras, Shrovetide, and other times of jubilee rejoicing. It is identified with the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as the practise of members of the third degree of the Apostleship of Prayer, who offer Holy Communion to repair irreverence and ingratitude toward Our Lord in this Sacrament.

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