Confession

If you wish to say the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) with Fr Steve please contact him to arrange a time to meet.

Tel: 07830 340 923

Email: stevehardwicke660(at)hotmail.com

Click here to read a blog post about the benefits of this Sacrament to you the penitent.

Read on for the text of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Lord Jesus who came to reconcile sinners welcomes you.

May the Lord be in your heart
and on your lips
that you may make a true confession
of your sins,
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The priest and penitent may say together

Have mercy on me, 0 God, according
to your loving-kindness:
in your great compassion
blot out my offences.

Wash me through and through
from my wickedness:
and cleanse me from my sin.
Create in me a clean heart, 0 God:
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence:
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy
of your saving help again:
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Open my lips, a Lord:
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Psalm 51.1-2,11-13,16

The priest says

Hear the word of the Lord:

If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
God who is faithful and just
will forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The priest says to the penitent

My brother/sister in Christ,
God is steadfast in love
and infinite in mercy.
Be confident in God’s forgiveness
as you confess your sins
in penitence and faith.

The penitent makes a confession of sins in his/her own words, or using the following form.

Bless me, for I have sinned.

The priest says

The Lord he in your heart and upon your lips that you may truly and humbly
confess your sins:
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The penitent says

I confess to Almighty God,
to his Church, and to you,
that I have sinned by my own fault
in thought, word, and deed,
in things done and left undone;
especially ………………….. .
For these and all other sins
which I cannot now remember, I am truly sorry. I pray God to have mercy on me.
I firmly intend amendment of life,
and I humbly beg forgiveness of God
and his Church, and ask you for counsel, direction, and absolution.

The priest may offer guidance, counsel and encouragement.

The priest may ask

Will you turn again to Christ as your Lord?

The penitent says

I will.

The priest may ask

Do you, then,
forgive those who have sinned against you?

The penitent says

I forgive them.

The priest pronounces this Absolution.

Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to the Father,
and who conferred authority on his Church to forgive sins,
absolve you through my ministry
by the grace of the Holy Spirit,
and restore you in the perfect peace
of the Church.
Amen.

or this

Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has left power to his Church
to absolve all sinners who truly repent
and believe in him,
of his great mercy
forgive you all your offences:
and by his authority committed to me
I absolve you from all your sins,
in the name of God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The priest [and penitent] may say

Most loving God,
we thank you for your pardon
and forgiveness.
By the power of your Spirit,
enable us to overcome temptation
and evil,
keep us securely in the fellowship
of your church,
and as we live daily in your presence,
grant victory, peace, and joy,
through the merits of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The priest says

Most merciful God,
in your great love
you have put away the sins
of those who truly repent,
and remember them no more.
Renew this your servant by your grace
and with your great love sustain him/her
in the unity of the Church,
and strengthen him/her with your Spirit,
through the merits of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The priest and the penitent say

As our Saviour Christ has taught us,
we are confident to pray,

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen

The priest says

Now there is rejoicing in heaven;
for you were lost, and are found;
you were dead,
and are now alive in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Go [abide] in peace.
The Lord has put away all your sins,
and pray for me, a sinner.

The penitent responds

Thanks be to God.

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