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What is Confession?
Make a good Confession by first Examining your Conscience.
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Guide to Confession
First, make an Examination of Conscience.
Second, go to Confession. Typically, you have the option of making your confession behind the screen or face-to-face.
- The priest gives a blessing or greeting.
- Make the Sign of the Cross and say, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been ___ (weeks, months, or years) since my last confession.”
- Confess all your sins to the priest. (If you are unsure or uneasy, tell him and ask for help).
- Say, “I am sorry for these and all my sins.”
- The priest gives a penance and may offer some spiritual advice or encouragement.
- Say the Act of Contrition, expressing your sorrow for your sins.·
- The priest, acting in the person of Christ, then absolves you from your sins.
Third, after receiving absolution, rejoice! Your sins are forgiven! Be sure to make your penance, and then be at peace.
“God the Father of Mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
– WORDS OF ABSOLUTION DURING CONFESSION