A Byzantine Catholic style is: once you have completed your examination of conscience, locate the priest and tell him you want to make a confession. The location may vary, sometimes near an icon or some in a room with a door.
Kneel (or stand) before the icon of Jesus Christ and begin with the sign of the cross:
- “I confess to Almighty God, One in the Holy Trinity, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, all my sins.”
Say how long it has been, and your sins, in a conversational style. Then, when any counciling is complete, say:
- “For these and all my other sins which I remember or cannot call to mind, I am very sorry. I have offended God and have angered Him against me. I am sincerely repentant and promise with the help fo God to better my life. For this, I humbly ask of you, Father, salutary penance and absolution.”
He puts the epitrachelion (a long cloth) on your head and gives absolution, and then says “Go in peace, sin no more.”
Go out and do you penance.