Silent prayer by priest during Confession?


#1

I know Confession questions persist on CAF, and here I am adding to it.

During the Sacrament tonight, something different happened: after I confessed my sins and I said I was sorry, we talked about my sins, a couple in particular, and he said that he would be praying silently for a moment for me. I’ve never had a priest do that. We then talked more. Unless this was his first night as a Confessor, I didn’t tell him anything that he hadn’t heard before, maybe not even that evening.

Has anyone else had a priest do that? Is it new, old, standard?

Also, this was the first time that I had a priest tell me he’d be suffering <?> for my sins for me…or making ‘sacrifices’ for me.

I don’t believe that I’ve confessed to this priest before; it was either one of our new priests, or one from a neighboring parish.

Lord, I praise You and thank You for Your Forgiveness. Thank you for this great Sacrament that is so healing. You are so Great and Awesome, God. I thank you in addition for the 1 hour wait before it was my turn at Confession; God is truly so good. Please bless all those in attendance this evening, on this regular, weekly confession night. Thank you for my penance, and for the priest; bless him in all ways and continue to guide him. I pray that more will be led to this Sacrament and to Your Holy Church. Amen.


#2

I have had something similar with one of our priests. He does not pray silently, but sometimes after giving me a little guidance or encouragement he spontaneously starts praying…asking God to give me various graces, etc… I like it. :slight_smile:

I have heard of priests making sacrifices for people as well, although that’s never happened with me.


#3

It sounds like something Padre Pio would say…

I dont think its bad, I think its his way of sharing the faithful’s suffering with trying to avoid sin and reconciling with God. Do you know what his order is? it may shed a light on this too.

I think its also cool to have him say a silent prayer for you first.


#4

Sounds like he takes his job pretty seriously.


#5

I’m fine with it, just surprised. Although I’m in my 40s, I’ve probably been to confession less than 2 dozen times in my life, and most of those are in the last 9 months between 2 different parishes.


#6

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