I am leading the Liturgy of the Hours for an upcoming retreat of my young adult group. We will be using booklets from eBreviary, a great site that some of you probably know about. For Night Prayer, after the Confiteor, the booklet indicates that the “presiding minister” prays, “May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.” Since I am just a layman, am I authorized to use those words, or should I omit that part?
Also, this situation raises a second question, and may be dependent on its answer. In the Penitential Rite at Mass, when the priest uses those words, is he granting absolution or merely praying that we may be forgiven? I think it is that latter, but I would love to have that cleared up. Thanks in advance.