He closes his “comments” by asking me to say an act of contrition in my own words- or use the “official” prayer.
" …now please offer God the Act of Contrition, or in your own words."
(The act of contrition is taped to the confessional kneeler).
When I’m finished,
“God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins;
Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
I think that is one of the most beautiful prayers in our Church! Brings tears to my eyes even now…
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