Traditional Prayers for Anglican Catholics

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

This sacrament is an encounter with the risen Jesus, who in his love and power releases us from our sins and sets us free to serve him in the fellowship of his church. In this sacrament we are reconciled to God and to the community of faith, which is always wounded by the sins of its members.

Kneel down and say:
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.

The priest says:
May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips,
that you may rightly and truly confess your sins
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The priest reads a passage from the Bible which shows how eager God is to welcome sinners and to pour his love and forgiveness into our lives. At the end of the reading:

Priest: This is the Word of the Lord.
Penitent: Thanks be to God.

Say these words:
I confess to almighty God,
and to you, Father,
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
and I ask Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin,
all the angels and saints,
and you, Father,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Tell the priest how long it is since your last confession.

Say how you have sinned, concluding with:
For these and all my other sins
which I cannot now remember,
I am truly sorry,
firmly resolve to do better,
and humbly ask pardon of God,
and of you, Father,
advice, penance, and absolution.

The priest gives advice, a penance, and then pronounces the absolution in these words:
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has left power to his Church
to absolve all who truly repent and believe in him,
of his great mercy forgive you your offences;
and by his authority committed to me,
I absolve you from all your sins,
in the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The priest says this prayer:
May the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and of all the Saints,
whatever good you do or suffering you endure,
heal your sins,
help you grow in holiness,
and reward you with eternal life:
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.

The priest concludes:

Go in peace;
the Lord has put away your sins,
and pray for me, a sinner too.

Return to your seat in church to thank God for his forgiveness, and to say your penance
(unless the priest has given you a penance to do at home or elsewhere).