Acts of Contrition
Prayers for Forgiveness

to O Lord, I Am Not Worthy

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee; And I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishment, But most of all, because I have offended Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

O my God, because You are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against You. With the help of Your Grace, I will try not to sin again. Amen.

O Lord, You know how many and how great are my failings. You know how often I sin, from day to day, from hour to hour, in what I do, and in what I fail to do. O Lord my God, I resolve no more to provoke You, and to desire nothing more than You, for You are alone truly lovable. If I should offend You again, please grant me the strength to find favor anew in Your eyes and to lead a life more pleasing to You. Amen.

O God, mercy and forgiveness are Yours by nature and by right. Receive our humble petitions. Though we are bound tightly by the chain of our sins, set us free by the power of Your great mercy. Amen.

I have consecrated my entire self to You, and taking me by Your right hand You have led me with Your counsel. But in my human frailty I have sinned both in word and deed many times against You, Who alone are pure and without sin. Therefore, accept my prayer together with the tears I offer You through Your holy ones, the victors in the arena. Purify me, this poor handmaid of Yours, so that on departing toward You my passage may be hastened. Amen.

~~ Saint Melania the Younger, Roman Patrician and Ascetic

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.

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

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

Confiteor (in English)

I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to You, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault (here strike your breast 3 times); therefore I beseech the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, all the saints, and You, Father, to pray to the Lord Our God for me. May God have mercy on me, forgive me my sins, and lead me to eternal life. Amen.

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 choose to be called the friend 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 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, 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, from You flows true and continual kindness. You had cast us off and justly so, but in Your mercy You forgave us. You were at odds with us, and You reconciled us. You had set a curse on us, and You blessed us. You had banished us from the garden, and You called us back again.

You took away the fig leaves that had been an unsuitable garment, and You clothed us in a cloak of great value. You flung wide the prison gates, and You gave the condemned a pardon. You sprinkled clean water on us, and You washed away the dirt.

Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, You have power over life and death. You know even things that are uncertain and obscure, and our very thoughts and feelings are not hidden from You. Cleanse me from my secret faults, for I have done wrong and You saw it....You know how weak I am, both in soul and in body. Give me strength, O Lord, in my frailty and sustain me in my sufferings. Grant me a prudent judgment, dear Lord, and let me always be mindful of Your blessings. Let me retain until the end Your grace that has protected me until now. Amen.

God, Please Forgive Me

God, forgive my incompleteness: not growing in Christ, not expanding my knowledge of the Scriptures, not developing all my talents. God, forgive my disinterest: a lack of concern for needs around me, apathy regarding the lostness of millions, blindness to hurts I could help heal. God, forgive my dishonesty: taking, the easy way rather than the right way, speaking in one manner while living in another, silencing truth to preserve tranquility, settling for less than what is best, loving tradition more than obeying your pioneering Spirit. God, forgive my loudness: talking when I should be listening, proclaiming when I should be studying, busying myself with new tasks when I should be finding a quiet place to rest. God, forgive my silence: feeling love and failing to whisper it, reeling with joy and not shouting hallelujah, knowing truth and forfeiting an opportunity to share it, sensing a need to share my faith and squelching the impulse. God, please forgive me.

By C. Welton Gaddy

Forgive Me Lord

Forgive me Lord For the wrongs I have done.
For anger I shouldn't have Against anyone.
I know I'm weak Lord, But I love You, I really do,
And in spite of my weakness, I know You love me too.
Forgive me for not reading Your word, And for the times that I stray.
Forgive me for just being too tired When I don't take the time to pray.
Give me the strength, Lord To do what I should each day.
Let Your love shine through me So others will follow Your way.
Even though I've failed You Lord, I know You'll forgive me,
And this I promise Lord, A better Christian I will be.
For Your presence is in me Filling my heart with Your love,
And I have Your reassurance You're guiding from above.
I love You Lord, and thank You For the blessings You bestow,
I will tell others about You So Your goodness they too, will know.

~~ Louise P. Heckman ~

Litany of Forgiveness

For the times I lacked compassion and concern for others, forgive me Lord.
For not sharing my resources of time, talent, and treasure, forgive me Lord.
For holding grudges and refusing to have a forgiving heart, forgive me Lord.
For the times I have criticized and gossiped, forgive me Lord.
For not reaching out to comfort and console others, forgive me Lord.
For not caring for myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually, forgive me Lord.
For the ways I misuse nature and damage the environment, forgive me Lord.
For those times when I talked more than I listened, forgive me Lord.
For my prejudices, biases, and deliberate acts of discrimination, forgive me Lord.
For being greedy, forgive me Lord.
For the misuse and abuse of the wonderful gift of spirituality, forgive me Lord.
For failing to see Your Face in the homeless and helpless, forgive me Lord.
For believing that I could save myself, forgive me Lord.
For not living fully for You, forgive me Lord.
For doubting that You can and will forgive me unconditionally, forgive me Lord.
For doubting that You love me with an everlasting love, forgive me Lord.
Amen.

 

Prayer Before Confession

Lord Jesus, open my mind and my heart to Your Holy Spirit. Show me where I am failing to love Your Heavenly Father. Show me where I am failing to love You, failing to accept You as my Saviour, failing to seek You and yield to You as my Lord. Show me where I am failing to love the Holy Spirit, failing to be open and to be led by Your divine wisdom and love.

Lord Jesus, show me where I am failing to love any one of Your brothers and sisters as You love me. Show me where I am failing to love myself as You love me. Show me where I am putting myself before God. Show me where I am seeking my own desires at the expense of a brother or a sister.

Your power finds its strength in my weakness; without You I can do nothing. Amen.

PRAYER TO OVERCOME EVIL PASSIONS AND TO BECOME A SAINT 

Dear Jesus, in the Sacrament of the Altar, be forever thanked and praised. Love, worthy of all celestial and terrestrial love! Who, out of infinite love for me, ungrateful sinner, didst assume our human nature, didst shed Thy most Precious Blood in the cruel scourging, and didst expire on a shameful Cross for our eternal welfare! Now illumined with lively faith, with the outpouring of my whole soul and the fervor of my heart, I humbly beseech Thee, through the infinite merits of Thy painful sufferings, give me strength and courage to destroy every evil passion which sways my heart, to bless Thee by the exact fulfillment of my duties, supremely to hate all sin, and thus to become a Saint. Amen.

O SPOTLESS LAMB PRAYER 

O Spotless Lamb of God! while Thy judges proclaim Thee an impostor, I rise without fear or shame to declare, in the face of Heaven and earth, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living god, and that I unreservedly assent to all the dogmas and to every article of truth proposed by Thy holy Church to my belief; but, O Divine Lord, give me grace to profess by my actions as well as my words the faith that is in me.

Have mercy on all who are involved in the dreadful night of infidelity; may the light of Thy grace shine upon them, and so penetrate their hearts that they may embrace the truth, and be admitted to the communion of Thy holy Church.

ACT OF CHARITY

O good and merciful Savior, it is the desire of my heart to return Thee love for love. My greatest sorrow is that Thou art not loved by all men, and in particular, that my heart is so cold, so selfish, so ungrateful. Deeply sensible of my own weakness and poverty, I trust that Thy own grace will enable me to offer Thee an act of pure love. And I wish to offer Thee this act of love in reparation for the coldness and neglect that are shown to Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love by Thy creatures. O Jesus, my sovereign good, I love Thee, not for the love of the reward which Thou hast promised to those who love Thee, but purely for Thyself. I love Thee above all things that can be loved, above all pleasures, and in fine above myself and all that is not Thee, protesting in the presence of Heaven and earth that I will live and die purely and simply in Thy holy love, and that if to love Thee thus I must endure persecution and suffering, I am perfectly satisfied, and I will ever say with St. Paul:
"Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ."

O Jesus, the Supreme Master of all hearts, I love Thee, I adore Thee, I praise Thee, I thank Thee, because I am now all Thine own. Rule over me, and transform my soul, into the likeness of Thyself, so that it may bless and glorify Thee forever in the abode of the Saints. Amen.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and our erring brethren.

LITANY OF PENITENTIAL SAINTS

Litany of Penitential Saints, known by positive evidence to have chastised their bodies, asking them to aid us by their prayers to do the same.

Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us.

GOD the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us
GOD the Son, Redeemer of the World, Have mercy on us
GOD the Holy Spirit Holy Trinity, One GOD, Have mercy on us

Holy Mary, Our Model in reparation for sin, Pray for us
My Guardian Angel, who always leads me away from sin and towards greater virtue, Pray for us
St. Paul the Apostle, help me to chastise my body and to bring it into subjection as you did of your own body, Pray for us

St. Ignatius of Loyola, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Nicholoas of Tolentino, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Francis Borgia, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Francis of Assisi, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Francis De Chantal, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Robert Bellarmine, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Dominic Loricatus, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Peter Canisius, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Stanislaus Kostka, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Francis Xavier, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. John of the Cross, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Vincent Ferrer, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Thomas of Villanova, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Mary Magdalene De Pazzis, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Thomas Aquinas, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Alphonsus De Liguori, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Joseph Cupertino, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Francis De Sales, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. John Vianney, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Peter Damian, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Bernadine of Sienna, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Vincent De Paul, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Charles Borromeo, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Dominic, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. John Baptist De La Salle, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Peter Celestine, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Gerard Majella, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Peter of Alacantara, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Louise De Marillac, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Therese of Lisieux, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Rose of Lima, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. John of Avila, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Terese of Avila, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Paul of the Cross, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did
St. Cajetan, help me to scourge my body only to please GOD and to draw down His graces on myself and others as you did

Lamb of GOD, Who takes away the sins of the world Spare us O' Lord
Lamb of GOD, Who takes away the sins of the world Graciously hear us, O' Lord
Lamb of GOD, Who takes away the sins of the world Have mercy on us

O' Jesus, you said, many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much (Luke 7:47).

Let us pray: O' Almighty and Eternal GOD, who dost wish that all souls do penance and confess their sins, be converted rather than be lost, turn away the anger of Thy indignation from me Thy sinful servant and at the sight of my body being chastised and scourged, as it is now about to be mercifully set me, and those for whom I pray, free from the hateful influences of the devil, forgive our sins; and weaken more and more the power of those temptations which so often attack us, and would drag us down again into the very sins which we now so much deplore. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Pray the Way of the Cross!

Make a Good Examination of Conscience

Sins Against the Holy Spirit

The 7 Penitential Psalms

Meditations on the Beatitudes

Works of Mercy
CCC 1473: The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of the eternal punishment of sin, but temporal punishment of sin remains. While patiently bearing sufferings and trials of all kinds and, when the day comes, serenely facing death, the Christian must strive to accept this temporal punishment of sin as a grace. He should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the "old man" and to put on the "new man."

Recommended Reading

Lord, Have Mercy Healing of Memories: Prayer and Confession Steps to Inner Healing How to Make a Good Confession Pardon and Peace The Reconciling Community: The Rite of Penance (Studies in the Reformed Rites of the Church)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Lex Orandi Series) A Time for Embracing Design for Wholeness: Dealing with Anger, Learning to Forgive, Building Self-Esteem Confession Is Good for
Your Soul: Receiving the
Mercy of a Forgiving God

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