The Individual Rite for Reconciliation

Confession of Sins and Acceptance of a Penance

We tell our sins to the priest. When we confess our sins, we show that we trust that God always loves us.

After we confess our sins, the priest talks to us. He names some of the ways we can live a holy life.

Prayer of Sorrow

We pray a prayer of sorrow. This shows we are truly sorry for our sins. (.wav)

Penitent: 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.


The priest extends his hands over our head or places his hands on our head as he prays: (.wav)

Priest: 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,

The priest makes the sign of the cross over our head as he says:

Priest: and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Penitent: Amen.

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