Prayers for Penance/Reconciliation/Confession
Prayer before Confession
Receive my confession, O most loving and gracious Lord Jesus Christ, only hope for the salvation of my soul. Grant to me true contrition of soul, so that day and night I may by penance make satisfaction for my many sins. Saviour of the world, O good Jesus, Who gave Yourself to the death of the Cross to save sinners, look upon me, most wretched of all sinners; have pity on me, and give me the light to know my sins, true sorrow for them, and a firm purpose of never committing them again.
Act of Contrition in Confession
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.
Acts of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest my sins above every other evil because they displease you, my God.
Who, in your infinite wisdom, are so deserving of all my love and I firmly resolve with the help of your grace never more to offend you and to amend my life. Amen.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for all my sins because they offend you who are infinitely good. And I firmly resolve with the help of your grace never to offend you again. Amen.
Act of Sorrow
O my God, I thank you for loving me. I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you. Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen.
Prayer after confession
(After you say your penance as given by the priest this may be a prayer you might like to add this prayer)
Dear Jesus, I have told all my sins to the best of my ability. I have sincerely tried to make a good confession and I know that you have forgiven me. Thank you dear Jesus! Your divine heart is full of love and mercy for poor sinners. I love You dear Jesus; you are so good to me. My loving Saviour, I shall try to keep from sin and to love You more each day.
Dearest Mother Mary, pray for me and help me to keep all my promises. Protect me and do not let me fall back into sin. Dear God, help me to lead a good life. Without Your grace I can do nothing.