Dear brothers and sisters,
I just went to the house of a local priest who I have known for some time now. He is from Ghana and I often go to the rectory/house of his in order to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation during the weekdays.
In all the times when I go to confession with him, he never follows the formula for absolution verbatim. He often adds certain things, but he does tend to follow the general structure.
HOWEVER, what I always hear him say at the end is: “I absolve you of your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (he might leave out the “of” in the invocation of the Son and the Spirit…I can’t remember for sure).
Because I am scrupulous, and a Latin rite Catholic with a Roman/scholastic theological perspective, I am somewhat worried as to whether my confession was valid or not. I lean towards that it was valid: the priest clearly intended to hear and absolve me of my sins, I hid nothing and confessed my sins, and I was sorry and desiring of forgiveness so I could start over.
All that seemed to be missing was that he did not follow the whole formula of absolution exactly.
I am going to go to Mass during the week as I usually do, but I still know that I will probably be feeling somewhat worried when I do partake of Holy Communion.
Any thoughts? Was my confession valid? Should I re-confess everything to my own priests on Saturday?
Thanks in advance.