The Reconciliation

of a Penitent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form One

 

The Penitent begins

 

Bless me, for I have sinned.

 

The Priest says

 

The Lord be 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.

 

 

Penitent

 

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.

 

Here the Priest may offer counsel, direction, and comfort.

 

 

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The Priest then pronounces this absolution

 

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.

 

or this

 

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.

 

The Priest adds

 

The Lord has put away all your sins.

 

Penitent      Thanks be to God.


The Priest concludes

 

Go (or abide) in peace, and pray for me, a sinner.

 

 

Declaration of Forgiveness

to be used by a Deacon or Lay Person

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered himself to be sacrificed

for us to the Father, forgives your sins by the grace of the

Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

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Form Two

 

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.

 

Come to me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I

will refresh you.    Matthew 11:28

 

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,

to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but

have everlasting life.    John 3:16

 

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received,

that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.   

1 Timothy 1:15

 

 

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If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus

Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our

sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole
world.   
1 John 2:1-2

 

The Priest then continues

 

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.

 

The Penitent says

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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 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.

 

The Priest concludes

 

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 sins.

 

Penitent      Thanks be to God.

 

 

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Declaration of Forgiveness

to be used by a Deacon or Lay Person

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered himself to be sacrificed

for us to the Father, forgives your sins by the grace of the

Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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