Rite of Penance

Rite of Penance

Texts for the Penitent
The penitent should prepare for the celebration of the sacrament by prayer, reading of Scripture, and silent reflection. The penitent should think over and shuold regret all sins since the last celebration of the Sacrament.

Reception of the Penitent
The penitent enters the confessional or other place set aside for the celebration of the sacrament of penance. After the welcoming of the priest, the penitent makes the sign of the cross saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Penitent is invited to have trust in God and replies:


Reading of the Word of God
The penitent then listens to a text of Scripture which tells about God’s mercy and calls men to conversion.

Confession of Sins and Acceptance of Satisfaction
The penitent speaks to the priest in a normal, co conversational fashion. The penitent tells when he or she last celebrated the sacrament and then confesses his or her sins. The penitent then listens to any advice the priest may give and accepts Ite satisfaction from the priest. The penitent should ask any appropriate questions.

Prayer of the Penitent and Absolution

Before the absolution is given, the penitent ex��presses sorrow for sins in these or similar words:

My God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.

Or Psalm 25: 6-7:

Remember, Lord, your compassion and mercy you showed long ago.
Do not recall the sins and failings of my youth.
In your mercy remember me, Lord, because of your goodness.

Or Psalm 51: 4-5:

Wash me from my guilt
and cleanse me of my sin.
I acknowledge my offense;
my sin is before me always.

Or Luke 15:18, 18: 13:

Father, I have sinned against you
and am not worthy to be called your son.
Be merciful to me, a sinner.


Father of mercy,
like the prodigal son
I return to you and say:
”I have sinned against you
and am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
Christ Jesus, Savior of the world,
I pray with the repentant thief
to whom you promised Paradise:
”Lord, remember me in your kingdom.”
Holy Spirit, fountain of love,
I call on you with trust:
“Purify my heart,
and help me to walk as a child of light.”


Lord Jesus,
you opened the eyes of the blind,
healed the sick,
forgave the sinful woman,
and after Peter’s denial confirmed him in your love.
Listen to my prayer:
forgive all my sins,
renew your love in my heart,
help me to live in perfect unity with my fellow Christians
that I may proclaim your saving power to all the world.


Lord Jesus,
you chose to be called the mend of sinners.
By your saving death and resurrection
free me from my sins.
May your peace take root in my heart
and bring forth a harvest
of love, holiness, and truth.


Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the Lamb of God;
you take away the sins of the world.
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit
restore me to friendship with your Father,
cleanse me from every stain of sin
in the blood you shed for me,
and raise me to new life
for the glory of your name.


Lord God,
in your goodness have mercy on me;
do not look on my sins,
but take away all my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart
and renew within me an upright spirit.


Lord Jesus, Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

If the penitent is not kneeling, he or she bows his or her head as the priest extends his hands (or at least extends his right hand).

God, the Father of mercies,
through the death and resurrection of his
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.

The penitent replies:


Proclamation of Praise of God and Dismissal
Penitent and priest give praise to God:


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.


His mercy endures for ever.

Then the penitent is dismissed by the priest.