How to Pray: a Prayer Guide
Act of Contrition: How, Why, and When to Say It?
The Apostles’ Creed
Prayers to St. Michael The Archangel
Prayers by St. Padre Pio
What is Contemplative Prayer, and How to Pray It?
Prayers to The Virgin Mary
The Glory Be
What Is Lectio Divina, And How to Pray It
Liturgy of The Hours
Blessing: Definition and Blessing Prayers
Praise to God
Litany of The Saints
Prayers for Family
Prayers for Protection
Prayer for the Deceased
Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayers for Work
Guardian Angel Prayers
Prayers for a Soulmate
Prayers to St. Therese
Wedding Prayers: Sample Prayers and How to Write Your Own
Prayers to St. Benedict
Pray a Novena, Why, How and When?
Prayer to Saint Rita
Prayer to St. Joseph
Prayer to St. Jude
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Prayers to St. Anthony of Padua
The Lord's Prayer
Prayers of the Faithful
Prayers to St. Expedite
An act of contrition is a form of prayer used by Christians to express sorrow for their sins and their desire to repent. The term is strongly associated with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. However, we can make Acts of Contrition privately, or during a liturgical service, to acknowledge our sins. Learn why, and how to pray the Act of Contrition.
“My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee: and I detest my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they have offended Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.
“Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psalm 32)
Every sin is like a wound inflicted to Jesus Christ and adds to the burden that we must carry with ourselves. Making an examination of conscience and expressing penance for our wrongdoings help us grow closer to the Lord. In doing so, we can experience His love and infinite mercy - we are truly liberated.
Though we are sinners, we do not need to be imprisoned by our sins forever: Jesus died on the Cross to atone for our sins. When we make an act of contrition, we are seeking to repair our relationship with Jesus Christ, it is like leaving our sins at the foot of the Cross. An act of contrition is closely connected with Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity: when asking for the grace of forgiveness, we are full of hope and we believe that God will grant us the strength and the courage to do penance and to sin no more.
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
The Act of Contrition is an integral part of the Sacrament of Penance. It is also recited at the end of confession, before receiving absolution by a priest.
There are also:
Prayers recited before confession to help acknowledge and reflect on our sins.
Prayer recited after confession to give thanks for our absolution.
Acts of contrition can be prayed at other times. For example, when praying for God’s forgiveness during the evening, we can acknowledge our transgressions and our misdeeds of the day : we can begin our evening prayer session by saying a prayer for repentance.
Lastly, at the beginning of Mass, the entire assembly is summoned to acknowledge their sins by praying an act of contrition together, called the Confiteor.
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51: 1-2)
“Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me,for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!” (Psalm 25: 6-7).
God’s love for Man is infinite, and His mercy is eternal. With Hozana, you have access to a wide variety of praying communities to share a moment of prayer with: call upon the eternal mercy of the Lord and pray for the holy souls in purgatory, say a Novena to the divine mercy of Christ, or to St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer: “together with Mary, Joseph is the first guardian of this divine mercy” - Pope John Paul II.