WHY NOT GO TO CONFESSION DURING ADVENT
AND FINALLY FIND OUT WHAT PEACE IS?
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
With Bishop McManus and many Priests
On Sunday, December 13th at 3:00pm
at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, 38 High Street
Come Pray With Us
Go to Confession and Receive God’s Mercy
Preparing Your Heart
to Receive the Newborn Lord!
St Paul’s Cathedral
Monday - Friday
HOW DO I GO TO CONFESSION?
1. Preparation—Before going to confession, compare your life with the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the example of Christ and then pray to God for forgiveness.
2. Confessing—After the Priest welcomes you, both of you make the sign of the cross. The Priest may read a short verse from the Bible. Then, after you tell the Priest how long it has been since you last went to confession, confess all of your sins. The priest will then offer suitableadvice and impose a “penance,” which may include prayer, self-denial, or works of mercy.
3. Act of Contrition—The Priest will then invite you to pray a short prayer asking God for forgiveness. You can pray in your own words, or pray the “Act of Contrition” found on the other side of this sheet.
4. Absolution—The Priest prays the prayer of absolution, making the sign of the cross over your head during the final words. You answer, "Amen."
5. Dismissal—Confession is completed when the Priest says God Bless You, or Peace be With You.
TWO ACTS OF CONTRITION
O 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.
(Rite of Penance, no. 45)
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all, because they offend thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to confess my sins, do penance, and amend my life. Amen. (traditional)
1. Why do we need the Sacrament of Penance?
Because of human weakness Christians ‘turn aside from their early love (cf. Rev 2:4) and even break off their friendship with God by sinning. The Lord, therefore, instituted a special sacrament of penance for the pardon of sins committed after baptism, and the Church has faithfully celebrated the sacrament throughout the centuries—in varying ways, but retaining its essential elements.
2. What happens in the Sacrament of Penance?
In the Sacrament of Penance, "the sinner who by grace of a merciful God embraces the way of penance comes back to the Father who first loved us (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), to Christ who gave himself up for us, and to the Holy Spirit who has been poured out on us abundantly. Likewise, those who by grave sin have withdrawn from the communion of love with God are called back in the sacrament of penance to the life they have lost. And those who through daily weakness fall into venial sins draw strength from a repeated celebration of penance to gain the full freedom of the children of God.
3. What if haven’t been to confession in a long time?
Welcome home! The Priest is waiting to welcome you with patience and joy. He will gently lead you through your confession. Don’t worry about remembering anything. He will help you to receive this wonderful sacrament of mercy and peace.
Maybe you know someone who’s been afraid to come back to confession for a long time. Invite them to Come Home to Confession so that they can confess their sins and be forgiven by God. Christ waits for them with his mercy and his peace.
If you would like to print a copy of this posting for reflection or to share with someone, please use the program below.
Come Home to Mercy