The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called The Sacrament of Penance, or Confession) is an invitation to acknowledge our sins and to make an Act of Contrition before the Lord. Sometimes, acknowledging our sins can appear very difficult in our daily lives, which is why saying a prayer before going to confession can help. Here is a selection of three prayers to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
“Dear Jesus, help me to make a good Confession;
Help me to find out my sins;
Help me to be sorry for them;
Help me to make up my mind not to sin again.
Have Mercy on me, Oh Lord, and forgive me.
Oh Mary, my mother, pray for me.”
“Come, Holy Spirit, into my soul. Enlighten my mind that I may know the sins I ought to confess, and grant me the grace to confess them fully, humbly, and with a contrite heart. Help me to firmly resolve not to commit them again.
O Blessed Virgin, Mother of My Redeemer, mirror of innocence and sanctity and refuge of penitent sinners, intercede for me that I may obtain the grace to make a good confession.
All you blessed Angels and Saints of God, pray for me, a most miserable sinner, that I may repent from my evil ways, that my heart may henceforth be forever united with yours in eternal love.
“Receive my Confession, O most loving and gracious Lord Jesus Christ, only hope for the salvation of my soul. Grant to me true contrition of soul, so that day and night I may by penance make satisfaction for my many sins. Savior of the world, O good Jesus, who gave Yourself to the death of the Cross to save sinners, look upon me, most wretched of all sinners; have pity on me, and give me the light to know my sins, true sorrow for them, and a firm purpose of never committing them again.
O Gracious Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of Jesus, I implore you to obtain for me by your powerful intercession these graces from your Divine Son.
St Joseph, pray for me.
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