|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.|
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.|
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 For the wrongs I have done.
~~ Louise P. Heckman ~
Litany of Forgiveness
times I lacked compassion and concern for others, forgive
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.
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:
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, 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
Holy Mary, Our Model in
reparation for sin, 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
Lamb of GOD, Who takes
away the sins of the world Spare us O' Lord
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."
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