Act of Contrition


"O my God, I am truly sorry for having sinned, because you are infinitely good and sin displeases you. I am firmly resolved, with the help of your grace, never more to offend you, and I will carefully avoid the near occasions of sin."

Rev.F.X.Lasance, My Prayer Book (1908).


"O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins, and detest them above all things, because they have crucified my loving Savior Jesus Christ, and, most of all, because they offend your infinite goodness; and I firmly resolve, by the help of your grace, never to offend you again, and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin. Amen."

Msgr. Michael Buckley, Servant Publications, Ann Arbor, MI (1986).

See Considerations that exite True Contriction.

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault (Strike breast) in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

[ One of the prayers used during the penitential rite of the mass. The word "confiteor" is latin for "I confess".]

The Kyrie
[The Kyrie is the only Greek text in the Roman Mass.
The petitions are voiced by the priest at mass and after each one the congregation repeats the petition.]
Lord, have mercy.
Kyrie eleison.
Christ have mercy.
Christe elesion.
Lord, have mercy.
Kyrie eleison.

See also, Act of Contrition

The phrase "near occasions of sin" means we agree to avoid those situations that would give rise to temptation.

The Buckley text and the confiteor are quoted for religious and educational purposes only and are used in reliance on Title 17 of the U.S. Code section 107, the "Fair Use Doctrine". No other use is intended or permitted.

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