Thank you all for your contributions. I just happened to carry an itouch with me yesterday. Here is a translation from Spanish to English of last night’s PENITENTIAL ACT (roughly, the first 5 minutes are missing. That’s when the light bulb went off).
“you may be seated”
Let us ask pardon for not loving, not caring, not protecting our family
Let us ask pardon for lack of attention to our parents
Let us ask pardon for the lack of attention to our children
Let us ask pardon for fault against the family unity
Let us ask pardon ask pardon for our egoism that does not allow one to be free to love one another
if at any time in the family there have been signs of death, let’s ask our Lord pardon for that because He is the God of life.
Let us ask pardon for the commodity that enslaves us keeps us from being free
Let us ask pardon because a lot of times instead of being with the family we want to dedicate our time other interests.
now … Let us ask pardon for our faults against our parish community…
For the faults against our brothers.
For the lack of witnessing that we have not known how to give
For the scandals that we have generated in our parish
For the lack of unity and communion among the parish members
For the gossiping against our parish community
For the lack of love to our parish community
For the lack of interest and Christian compromise for our parish community
Let us ask pardon for all the times that we’ve not reflected the love of God
Let us ask pardon for our disinterest and lack of Christian compromise in service to the most needy
Let us ask pardon for hatred, resentments, the lack of communion within our parish community
Let us ask pardon for our fears,
Let us ask pardon for our silence, cowardice
Finally, let us ask pardon for our faults against the universal church
For the criticisms against our holy father.
For the criticisms against the priests.
For not following the magisterium of the church
For not knowing the magisterium of the church
For not knowing how to love holy mother church
For not being faithful to the mandate that we have been entrusted to announce to all the people the good news of the kingdom
For not worrying in a practical way for the sufferings of the church
“AFTER HAVING ASKED GOD FOR PARDON FOR ALL OF THIS IT IS ALSO A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE ALL THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO US AND IT IS A MOMENT TO BE THANKFUL BECAUSE DESPITE THAT MANY OF THE TIMES WE’RE UNGRATEFUL CHILDREN HIS LOVE MERCY AND FIDELITY ARE ETERNAL”
First of all we thank God for being our father.
For loving us.
For sending his son to save us and because he has called us to live the true church
We want to give thanks to God for the gift of life, because at this moment we’re here
We want to give thanks to God for the gift of faith, hope, of charity
We want to give thanks to God for health
We want to give thanks to God for our jobs/work
We want to give thanks to God for having a home, that despite the humble home that it may be, it will be better than the one that Jesus, Mary and Joseph had
We want to give thanks to God for forming part of a family, a family of faith, of a family that wants to be each and every time more akin to the Holy Family of Nazareth
We want to give thanks to God because the family is the first place where the love of God has to be made known, where the faith has to be promoted and where hope and charity are to be affirmed
We want to give thanks to God because in the family we can find the refuge, the love, the happiness, the breath, and the hope to continue to move forward
We want to give thanks to God for our parish community, family of faith, family of encounter, family of sanctification, family that wants to share and to give to everyone the love of God
We want to give thanks to God because in our parish community, in our parish family, we attain all the graces and blessings that God can give us.
We want to give thanks to God because our parish family we find the nourishment that gives us eternal live and we’re members of that body, members of Christ who is the head.
We want to give thanks to God because in the church we reach salvation and because through the church and its ministers as faithful servants and humble servants of God and of each and every one of you, can minster the sacraments of eternal life.
We want to give thanks to God for all we have in our hearts, that our gratitude be today’s prayer and
that our gratitude we may unite to the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving which is our Eucharist.
and we also ask that He grant us the blessing to always and eternally follow Him sharing with Him the blessings of eternity.
let us stand…
Son of God born of Mary that you became our brother Lord have mercy….LORD HAVE MERCY
Son of man that you know our weakness Christ have mercy….CHRIST HAVE MERCY
Firstborn of the Father make of us one family Lord have mercy…LORD HAVE MERCY
May the almighty and ever-living God forgive us our sins…etc…
End of PENITENTIAL ACT.
Note : there were pauses ranging from a couple of seconds to maybe 30-40 seconds between lines that were read. This seemed to last approximately 20 minutes total.