The Priest and Penitent begin as follows:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness;
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
Wash me through and through from my wickedness,
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions only too well,
and my sin is ever before me.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy upon us.
Penitent Pray for me, a sinner.
Priest May God in his love enlighten your heart, that you may remember in truth all your sins and his unfailing mercy. Amen.
The Priest may then say one or more of these or other appropriate verses of Scripture, first saying
Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.
Priest Now, in the presence of Christ, and of me, his minister, confess your sins with a humble
and obedient heart to Almighty God, our Creator and our Redeemer.
Penitent Holy God, heavenly Father, you formed me from the dust in your image and likeness,
and redeemed me from sin and death by the cross of your Son Jesus Christ. Through
the water of baptism you clothed me with the shining garment of his righteousness, and
established me among your children in your kingdom. But I have squandered the
inheritance of your saints, and have wandered far in a land that is waste.
Especially, I confess to you and to the Church. . .
Here the Penitent confesses particular sins.
Therefore, O Lord, from these and all other sins I cannot now remember, I turn to you in
sorrow and repentance. Receive me again into the arms of your mercy, and restore
me to the blessed company of your faithful people; through him in whom you have
redeemed the world, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Priest may then offer words of comfort and counsel.
Priest Will you turn again to Christ as your Lord?
Penitent I will.
Priest Do you, then, forgive those who have sinned against you?
Penitent I forgive them.
Priest May Almighty God in mercy receive your confession of sorrow and of faith, strengthen you
in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Priest then lays a hand upon the penitent's head (or extends a hand over the penitent), saying one of the following
Our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered himself to be sacrificed for us to the Father, and who
conferred power 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.
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 offenses; 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.
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 (or abide) in peace. The Lord has put away all your
Penitent Thanks be to God.
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