Preparation for Confession

confessioniconListed and linked below are some aids to help us examine our conscience before God. Take courage to fearlessly try to know yourself better. Resolve to not let any obstacle stand in your way toward confessing your sins. With faith and honesty proceed to make your confession. “Be certain also that the infinite love of the Crucified and Resurrected Lord will welcome you and transform you removing the weight that burdens you.” He Himself said, “Come to me all you fatigued and heavy laden and I will grant you rest.” (from “A Guide to Confession”)

Prayer of Repentance

O Lord our God, good and merciful, I acknowledge all my sins which I have committed every day of my life, in thought, word and deed; in body and soul alike. I am heartily sorry that I have ever offended thee, and I sincerely repent; in tears I humbly pray thee, O Lord: of thy mercy forgive me all my past transgressions and absolve me from them. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to amend my way of life and to sin no more; that I may walk in the way of the righteous and offer praise and glory to the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Ten Commandments

You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall not make for yourselves a graven image

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

Honor your father and thy mother.

You shall not kill.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

Seven Grievous SIns

Pride: the lack of humility befitting a creature of God

Greed: too great a desire for money or worldly goods

Lust: impure and unworthy desire for something evil

Anger: unworthy irritation and lack of self control

Gluttony: the habit of eating or drinking too much

Envy: jealousy of some other person’s happiness

Sloth: laziness that keeps us from doing our duty to God and man

9 Ways of participating in another’s sin

By counseling, by commanding, by consenting, by provoking another to sin; by praise or flattery, by concealment, by partaking, by silence, or by defending that which is wrong. 

Aids to repentance

Prayer, Fasting, Performance of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy

Spiritual works of mercy

Admonish the sinner, Instruct the ignorant, Counsel the doubtful, Comfort the sorrowful, Suffer wrongs patiently, Forgive injuries, Pray for the living and the dead

Corporal works of mercy

Feed the hungry, Give drink to the thirsty, Clothe the naked, Ransom captives, Shelter the homeless, Visit the sick/prison, Bury the dead

A Guide to Confession

Self-Examination Before Confession by St. Nicholas Varzhansky

Preparation for Confession by St. John of Kronstadt

Preparation for Confession using the 20 torments

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  1. Father James, thank you for an insightful series on confession. I am sorry so few participate in sacramental confession and always amazed at its power to transform lives.

    A couple of other sources I suggest/use in reflecting on our life are the baptismal vows and the beatitudes.

    Peace, Mike+

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