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.
May God in his love enlighten your heart, that you may
remember in truth all your sins and his unfailing mercy.
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 unto 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
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.
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.
Will you turn again to Christ as your Lord?
Do you, then, forgive those who have sinned against you?
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
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
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
Penitent Thanks be to God.
Declaration of Forgiveness
to be used by a Deacon or Lay Person
for us to the Father, forgives your sins by the grace of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.