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Prayer During the Sacrament of Confession

Once you have completed your Examination Of Conscience, and you have told God that you are deeply sorry for your sins, enter the confessional box (or reconciliation room).
You may either:
- Kneel before the screen, or
- Sit so you can talk face to face to the priest.
You begin by saying these words (or similar ones.)
"I confess to Almighty God and to you, Father, that I have sinned. My last confession was ______________ weeks (months, years) ago."
You say one of the following:
"Since then, I do not recall committing any mortal sins."
Or
"Since then, I have committed mortal sins. They are..." (mention the sins, how many times they were committed and related circumstances.)
And then...
"My venial sins are..." (mention the sins and the number of times.)
Or
"I do not recall having committed any venial sins"
"For these and all the sins that I have committed during my life, I am deeply sorry." Then listen to the words of the priest. When invited to do so, make an Act Of Contrition.
Example:
("O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because they offend You, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.")
Next,
- Listen to the priest's words of forgiveness (absolution), and
- Make the Sign of the Cross with the priest.
If the priest says, "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good,"
You answer,
"For His mercy endures forever."
Then you leave the confessional box (reconciliation room) and you say the penance that the priest gave you.
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The Sacrament of Penance is the method of the Church by which individual men and women may confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by a priest. Although it is not mandatory, the Catholic rite is traditionally conducted within a confessional box or booth. This sacrament is known by many names, including penance, reconciliation and confession. While official Church publications always refer to the sacrament as "Penance", "Reconciliation" or "Penance and Reconciliation".

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Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy ...
The Prayer Be Sorry for Sins
O my God, I don't want to go to hell. I know that because of my many sins I deserve to go there. ...
Prayer before Confession
Receive my confession, O most loving and gracious Lord Jesus Christ, only hope for the salvation of ...
After Confession
O almighty and most merciful God, I give You thanks with all the powers of my soul for this and all ...
Prayer During the Sacrament of Confession
Once you have completed your Examination Of Conscience, and you have told God that you are deeply ...
I Confess to You
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my ...
I Confess to You
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my ...
Prayers After Confession # 1
My dearest Jesus, I have told all my sins to the best of my ability. I have sincerely tried to ...
Prayers After Confession # 2
What thanks do I not owe to Thee, my God! not only for having created me, redeemed me, and ...
Take me from the dark
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