Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
PENANCE OR RECONCILIATION PRAYERS
These prayers will help with the confession of sins.
Prayer BEFORE Examination of Conscience
O Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, King of kings, and Lord of lords, who hast made me out of nothing in Thine image and likeness, and hast redeemed me with Thine own Blood; whom I a sinner am not worthy to name, or call upon, or think of: I humbly pray Thee, I earnestly beseech Thee, to look mercifully on me, Thy wicked servant. Thou hadst mercy on the woman of Chanaan and Mary Magdalen; Thou who didst spare the publican and the thief upon the cross, have mercy on me. Thou art my hope and trust; my guide and my succor; my comfort and my strength; my defense and my deliverance; my life, my health, and my resurrection; my light and my longing; my help and my protection. I pray and entreat Thee, help me and I shall be safe; direct me and defend me; strengthen me and comfort me; confirm me and gladden me; enlighten me and come unto me. Raise me from the dead; I am Thy creature, and the work of Thy hands. Despise me not, O Lord, neither regard my iniquities; but according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies have mercy upon me, the chief of sinners, and be gracious unto me. Turn Thou unto me, O Lord, and be not angry with me. I implore Thee, most compassionate Father, I pray Thee meekly of Thy great mercy, to bring me to a holy death, and to true penance, to a perfect confession, and to worthy satisfaction for all my sins. Amen.
Prayer AFTER Examination of Conscience
O My God, I cry unto Thee with the prodigal: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before Thee; I am no longer worthy to be called Thy Son.
I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost. O seek Thy servant, for I have not forgotten Thy commandments.
Enter not into judgment with Thy servant, O Lord, O spare me for Thy mercy's sake.
Prove me, O God, and know my heart; examine me, and know my paths.
Thou whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, O meet me in pity, embrace me in love, and forgive me all my sins.
I confess my sins unto Thee, O Christ, Healer of our souls, O Lord of Life. Heal me, heal me of my spiritual sickness, Thou who art long-suffering and of tender mercy; heal me, O Lord Christ.
Accept my supplications O Thou Holy Spirit, unto whom every heart is open, every desire known, and from whom no secret is hid, and who givest life to our souls; hear and answer, O Spirit of God.
O Heavenly Father, who willest not that any sinner should perish, give me true repentance for this my sin, that I perish not!
To what misery am I come by my own fault! O merciful God, pity and forgive me for Jesus' sake.
Thine eyes, O God, are a flame of fire searching my inmost heart. O pardon my sin, for it is great!
Thou, God, seest me in all the foulness of my sins! Blessed Jesus, speak for me, plead for me, come between my soul and my offended God, that I perish not. Amen.
Prayer BEFORE Reconciliation
Come Holy Spirit into my soul. Enlighten my mind that I may know the sins I ought to confess, and grant me Your grace to confess them fully, humbly and with contrite heart. Help me to firmly resolve not to commit them again
O Blessed Virgin, Mother of my Redeemer, mirror of innocence and sanctity, and refuge of penitent sinners, intercede for me through the Passion of Your Son, that I may obtain the grace to make a good confession.
All you blessed Angels and Saints of God, pray for me, a most miserable sinner, that I may repent from my evil ways, that my heart may henceforth be forever united with yours in eternal love. Amen.
Prayer before an Image of Christ Crucified
Look down upon me, O good and most sweet Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment; while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy five wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David, Thy prophet, said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."
Prayer AFTER Reconciliation
My dearest Jesus, I have told all my sins to the best of my ability. I have sincerely tried to make a good confession and I know that you have forgiven me.
Thank you, dear Jesus!
Your divine heart is full of love and mercy for poor sinners. I love You, dear Jesus; You are so good to me.
My loving Savior, I shall try to keep from sin and to love You more each day.
Dearest Mother Mary, pray for me and help me to keep all of my promises. Protect me and do not let me fall back into sin.
Dear God, help me to lead a good life. Without Your grace I can do nothing. Amen.
An Act of Reconciliation
O My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell.
But most of all because they offend You, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.