PRAYERS BEFORE AND AFTER CONFESSION
(Remember to confess
your sins with supernatural sorrow for your sins and with a
firm purpose of amendment. Ask your confessor to help you
with any difficulties you have in making a good confession.)
PRAYER FOR A GOOD
O my God, by my grievous sins I have crucified again Thy
Divine Son and made Him a mockery. For this I have deserved
Thy wrath and made myself fit for the fires of hell. How
ungrateful have I been to Thee as well, my heavenly Father,
Who created me out of nothing, redeemed me by the precious
blood of Thy Son and sanctified me by Thy holy sacraments
and by the Holy Ghost. But Thou hast spared me by Thy mercy,
to make this confession. Receive me back as Thy prodigal son
and grant me to confess well, that I may begin anew to love
Thee with my whole heart and soul, and henceforth to keep
Thy commandments and suffer patiently whatever temporal
punishment may remain. I hope by Thy goodness and power to
obtain everlasting life in Paradise. Through Jesus Christ,
our Lord. Amen.
O my God, without You I can do nothing. You have told me,
"Ask and you shall receive." In full confidence in Your
promise, therefore, I beg You to accept the confession I am
about to make and grant me true contrition for my many
offenses. Saviour of the world who gave Yourself to the
death of the cross to save sinners, look with mercy on me, a
sinner. Regard not my wickedness in such a manner to forget
Your pardon. For my offenses I deserve condemnation, but
presuming upon the ransom of Your blood, I ask forgiveness.
Heal my wounds, Lord Jesus. Send the light of Your truth
into my soul so that I may worthily confess my shortcomings.
Give me a contrite heart and a true sorrow for my offenses.
Although I am unworthy of Your love, because of it I come to
You for forgiveness. Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy!
Let this my
confession, I beg You, O Lord, be pleasing and acceptable in
Your sight, by the merits of Your Blessed and Ever-virgin
Mother Mary, and of all Your saints. Whatever I lack now or
at any time in sufficient contrition, or in sincerity or in
the completeness of my confession, do You in Your loving
kindness and mercy supply, and thereby hold me more fully
and perfectly absolved in Heaven; who lives and rules, one
God, world without end. Amen.
I am no longer Thy
enemy, O my God. By the virtue of the sacrament which I have
just received, Thou hast healed the wounds of my soul; Thou
hast received me into Thy favour, Thou hast revived the
merits of my good works, which were dead through sin, and
Thou hast changed into a temporal punishment the eternal
damnation which my sins deserved. Grant me, O God, the gift
of perseverance in Thy service. Ah! let me rather die a
thousand deaths than offend Thee again.
O Almighty and most
merciful God, who, according to the multitude of Thy tender
mercies, hast vouchsafed once more to receive Thy prodigal
child after so many times going astray from Thee, to this
Sacrament of reconciliation; I give Thee thanks with all the
power of my soul for this and all other mercies, graces and
blessings bestowed on me, and prostrating myself at Thy
sacred feet, I offer myself to be henceforth forever Thine.
Oh, let nothing in life or death separate me from Thee! I
renounce with my whole soul all the acts of treason against
Thee, and all the abominations and sins of my past life.
I renew the promises I made in Baptism, and from this moment
I dedicate myself to Thy love and service. Oh, grant me that
for the time to come, I may abhor sin more than death
itself, and all such occasions and companions, as have
unhappily brought me to it. This I resolve to do by the help
of Thy divine grace, without which I can do nothing. I beg
Thy blessing upon these my resolutions, that they may not be
ineffectual like many others I have formerly made, for, O
Lord, without Thee, I am nothing but misery and sin. Supply
also, by Thy mercy, whatever defects have been in this my
confession, and give me grace to be now and always a true
penitent. Through the same Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.
PRAYER OF ST
PADRE PIO FOR AFTER CONFESSION
O Lord! I abandon my past to Thy mercy, my present to Thy
Love, and my future to Thy Providence!