Mother of my God, who art so charitable to sinners that desire to repent, assist me by thy intercession. My Guardian Angel, who hast been a spectator of all of my crimes, help me to discover the sins which I have committed against my God. All ye Saints of Heaven, pray for me, that I may bring forth fruits of penance. Amen.
When did I make my last Confession?
Am I truly sorry for my sins?
Did I forget to confess any Mortal Sins at my last Confession?
THE EXAMINATION OF KEEPING THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
1. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
Have I denied or doubted the Catholic Faith?2. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Have I murmured against God?
Have I despaired of His Mercy?
Have I neglected my morning and evening prayers?
Have I gone to places of false or invalid worship?
Have I read anti-Catholic literature?
Have I spoken irreverently of holy things or persons consecrated to God, i.e. Bishops, Priests or Religious?
Have I been superstitious?
Have I taken God's Name in vain?3. Remember to keep Holy the Sabbath Day.
Have I blasphemed?
Have I lied under oath?
Have I taken unnecessary oaths?
Have I deliberately missed a..valid..Mass on Sundays and Holydays offered by a real..valid..Priest or Prelate when it is available?4. Honor thy Father and Mother.
Have I been late for a..valid..Mass through my own fault Offered by a..valid..Priest or Prelate when it is available?
Have I been inattentive at a..valid..Mass?
Have I kept others from a..valid..Mass offered on a Holy Altar of Sacrifice by a real ..valid..Priest or Prelate when it is available?
Have I performed unnecessary servile work on Sundays?NOTE: Because: (1) there are so very, very few..valid..Roman Catholic Masses available in these days which are offered on an Holy Altar of Sacrifice by a real..valid..Priest or..valid..Prelate; and, (2).. because it is a Mortal Sin to attend the anti-Catholic Synod Vatican 2 pseudo-church.which has only.. fake.. and.. invalid.. and.. illegal.. so-called NEW masses, as explained elsewhere on this web site, no matter whatever excuses are made for the NEW masses, as well as.. invalid Priests and Prelates,.. We respectfully suggest and recommend that all Catholics stay home every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, unless they are able to go to a real ..valid..Roman Catholic Mass, Offered by a real..valid..Priest or..valid..Prelate of the Catholic Church. Otherwise, they should instead, stay home and read the Prayers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from their pre-Synod Vatican 2 hand-size missals. However, IF a person does not have such a missal, please at least read the Ordinary of the Mass which is at: http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m104.html, and which now has links to the Epistles, Gospels, and Sermons for each Sunday, and also make a Spiritual Communion.
As a Son or Daughter:5. Thou shalt not kill.
Have I disobeyed, angered, grieved or insulted one or both of my parents?
Have I refused to help one or both of my parents when they were in need?
Have I incited others against one or both of my parents?
Have I neglected them?
As a Husband/Father or Wife/Mother:
Have I angered, grieved or insulted my spouse?
Have I accused my spouse wrongfully?
Have I given my spouse bad example?
Have I failed to provide for my family according to the best of my ability?
Have I failed to discipline my children?
Have I neglected the religious education/instruction of my children?
Have I angered, fought, quarreled or hated anyone?6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Have I held a grudge?
Have I led others to commit sin?
Have I caused the death of another deliberately?
Have I desired that harm come to one or more people?
Have I caused, counseled or consented to abortion?
The penitent must consider past thoughts, words, desires and acts against these Commandments. Are you single or married? Do these thoughts, words, desires or acts refer to a single or married person or relatives?
Have I taken pleasure in impure thoughts?7. Thou shalt not steal.
Have I had impure desires?
Have I spoken immodestly?
Have I sung or listened with pleasure to immodest songs?
Have I read immodest literature?
Have I watched immodest TV or VCR programs?
Have I kept, showed, looked at immodest pictures?
Have I gone to immodest places of amusement?
Have I been guilty of immodest acts?
Have I committed immodest acts alone or with others?
Am I guilty of immodest looks?
Am I guilty of using contraception?(Note: IF a doctor has prescribed any medicine or surgery which really IS necessary for you to overcome a serious illness and IF one of the side-effects is contraception, perhaps this is not sinful; if in doubt, ask your Confessor.)There are also other kinds of impurity known only to God and the sinner. These must also be confessed along with the number of times committed.
Have I deliberately stolen anything of value?8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Have I willfully destroyed the property of others?
Have I wasted time for which I was paid?
Have I defrauded one or more insurance companies?
Have I stolen anything of value from my employer?
Have I injured others in their employment or goods?
Have I neglected to pay my just debts or bills by being irresponsible?
Have I defrauded anyone in regard to weights or measures?
Have I defrauded anyone employed by me?
Have I unjustly deferred the payment of wages?
Have I desired to possess unjustly any of my neighbors' goods?
ATTENTION: Members of the Fake, Deceptive, Demonic, so-called News Networks, Publicaitons, etc., Take Notice and Confess your Mortal Sins, then amend your lives. IF you do not do this, you will GO TO Hell as a result of Your Mortal Sins of Evil Propaganda, Blatant Lies, Detraction, Calumny, Half-Truths, etc., etc.!
Have I lied?THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
Have I carried stories or caused trouble for others?
Have I lied to the injury of my neighbor?
Have I spoken of the secret faults of one or more people?
Have I failed to make reparation for sins of detraction and calumny?
Have I gossiped maliciously either by my encouragement or by my actions?
Have I been guilty of gluttony?WAYS OF BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR ANOTHER'S SINS
Have I been drunk?
Have I been lazy or idle?
Have I been lazy or apathetic about my Religious duties and/or exercises?
Have I been proud, envious, or vain?
Have I unreasonably desired worldly goods and material possessions?
Counsel? Command? Consent? Praise or flattery? Concealment? Partaking? Silence? Defense of evil done?
The Examination of Keeping the Precepts of the Catholic Church
The primary Precepts of the Catholic Church are these six:
All Catholics are required, under the pain of Mortal Sin:
1. As already explained above, to attend the unchangeable Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on all Sundays and Holydays of Obligation. This Mass must be offered on a Holy Altar of Sacrifice by a..valid.. Priest or..valid..Prelate who uses an ancient, pproved,..valid..and lawful and..real..Liturgical Rite of the Catholic Mass.
2. To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
3. To go to Confession at least once a year.
4. To receive Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season.
5. To contribute financially (i.e. give money) to the support of your Pastor.
(N.B. During these days of the Modern-Day Catacombs, because there are so few Pastors of the Catholic Church, this is temporarily interpreted as meaning to support the Catholic Church in the Modern-Day Catacombs, especially the Priest or Prelate who attends to your religious and spiritual needs).6. Not to marry persons who are not Catholics, or who are related to you within the third degree of kindred, nor privately without witnesses, nor to solemnize marriage at forbidden times.
AFTER THE EXAMINATION
After realizing your sins, excite within yourself sincere sorrow for having committed them and sincerely detest them. Then recite an ACT OF CONTRITION. Here is one such prayer you may use if you prefer which We give here for your convenience.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid all of the near occasions of sin. Amen.
PRAYER OF RESOLUTION
Help me, O Lord, my God, in my good resolutions and in Thy holy service, and give me grace that I may begin right now to follow after perfection in the genuine living of the Spiritual Life, seeing that what I have done heretofore is nothing.
An Example of the Requirement for all All Women
To Always Wear a Head Covering When in Church (Including the Confessional)
Examples of Women Wearing Head Covering to Receive Holy Communion
When they are Kneeling in Adoration as they Receive Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist
Princess Grace Kneeling to Receive Holy Communion on her Tongue During Her Nuptial Mass
Why Are Women of All Ages Required to Cover their Heads in Church?
Saint Paul requires all Women to keep the laws (ordinances)
Which he gave to the Catholic Church, as in this Scripture:
2 Now I praise you, brethren, that in all things you
are mindful of me: and keep my ordinances as I have delivered them to
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4 Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraceth his head.
5 But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.
6 For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn. But if it be a shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head.
7 The man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.
8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. (1 Corinthians 11:2-8.)
If the Confessional has some kind of sliding door, wait for the Confessor to open it. However, if the Confessor is hearing Confessions on only one side of the Confessional, or if there is no Confessional as such, then begin your Confession immediately after kneeling down.
Try not to keep the Confessor waiting for you to begin. He will not say anything at this moment.
Instead, you begin by making the Sign of the Cross in the Traditional way upon yourself, saying:
BLESS ME, Father, FOR I HAVE SINNED.If the Confessor is a Prelate, you would say instead:
BLESS ME, YOUR EXCELLENCY, FOR I HAVE SINNED.Make the Sign of the Cross in the traditional manner while the Confessor Blesses you in Latin saying:
“Dominus sit in corde tuo et in labiis tuis ut rite confitearis omnia peccata tua. In Nomine Patris, et Filii, ? et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.” (Note: A Priest makes only one Sign of the Cross where the + is shown. However, Prelates make the triple + Sign of the Cross.)Wait for him to finish blessing you.
Then accuse yourself as follows:
SINCE MY LAST CONFESSION WHICH WAS..... (here give the length of time since your last good Confession) AGO, WHEN I RECEIVED ABSOLUTION AND THEN PERFORMED MY PENANCE, I ACCUSE MYSELF OF THESE SINS:Now state your sins as clearly, briefly, and as accurately as possible, telling all Mortal Sins, including those which may have been forgotten in previous Confessions, with the nature and number of each. Use a distinct whisper loud enough for the Confessor to hear, but not so loud as to be heard by others. DO speak distinctly, but do not mumble and do not go too fast or too slow.
You should also confess all of your Venial Sins which you have not previously confessed. If you have not committed any Mortal Sins since your last Confession, then you should confess your Venial Sins which you have never before confessed.
When finished, say:
I AM SORRY FOR THESE AND ALL OF THE SINS OF MY PAST LIFE.If you do not even have any Venial Sins to confess, then, in order to obtain Absolution, you would confess some past Mortal and/or Venial Sins for which you are again sorry. This is necessary so that your Confessor may give you Absolution.
IF you have no new sins to confess since your last Confession, you would say:
SINCE MY LAST CONFESSION WHICH WAS... AGO, WHEN I RECEIVED ABSOLUTION AND PERFORMED MY PENANCE, I ACCUSE MYSELF OF ALL OF MY PAST SINS, ESPECIALLY...Or, if you prefer, you could say:(here name one or several sins which you have already confessed in the past and for which you had sufficient contrition, received Absolution and performed the penance given to you. You would only name the sin, not the number of times you committed it.
SINCE MY LAST CONFESSION WHICH WAS... AGO, WHEN I RECEIVED ABSOLUTION AND PERFORMED MY PENANCE, I ACCUSE MYSELF OF ALL OF MY PAST SINS, ESPECIALLY, THOSE AGAINST THE..., e.g. THIRD [here give the number] COMMANDMENT; and/or THE VIRTUE(S) OF..., e.g. CHARITY; CHASTITY; HUMILITY; MEEKNESS; etc.Remain kneeling. The Confessor might possibly ask you some questions. If he does, answer them truthfully, but briefly, to the best of your ability.
Your Confessor will then say:
BE SORRY NOW FOR THESE AND ALL OF YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST GOD AND LEAVE THEM AS YOU ARE GUILTY IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR THE GRACE OF A GOOD CONFESSION.Depending on the discretion of the Confessor, he may now give you some advice or instruction to which you should carefully listen.
He then says:
FOR YOUR PENANCE...He will then say:(If you have any questions at all about your penance be sure to ask at this moment. Your Confessor will be happy to answer any of your questions as best he can.)
NOW MAKE A GOOD ACT OF CONTRITION.Your Confessor will then proceed to give you Absolution in the form in which it is given below in the Rite for use in the Ancient Roman Rite. However, if your Confessor is the member of another Rite, or Bi-Ritual, he may use a different Ancient Rite, e.g. one of the several other Eastern or Western Rites.
At this time you should say, from your heart, the ACT OF CONTRITION which you have memorized, or, if necessary, if you are learning a different, although approved version, you may recite it from the card or sheet of paper on which it is written or on which it has been otherwise copied. Be sure to stir up within yourself a firm resolution never to sin again, by the Grace of God. What is important at this moment is to have both a genuine sorrow for your sins because they offend God, as well as a firm purpose to amend your life, having humbly accepted the penance given to you.
The Confessor will say:
GO IN PEACE AND SIN NO MORE. GOD BLESS YOU.You say:
THANK YOU, Father (YOUR EXCELLENCY), AND GOD BLESS YOU.You now rise up and leave and return to your place. Perform your penance completely immediately after your Confession is over and you return to your place in the church or chapel or wherever you were prior to Confession.
You should also silently recite some prayers after you have finished performing your penance.
The Sacrament of Penance Administered/Received in the Confessional
According to the Roman Ritual
P. (Penitent) + BLESS ME, FATHER, (YOUR EXCELLENCY), FOR I HAVE SINNED.
P. Make the Sign of the Cross as the Confessor blesses you. Wait until he has finished the Blessing before you continue.
C. (Confessor) The Confessor now gives his Blessing to the Penitent, saying:
The Blessing by the Confessor
DOMINUS SIT IN CORDE TUO ET IN LABIIS TUIS UT RITE CONFITEARIS OMNIA PECCATA TUA. IN NOMINE PATRIS, + ET FILII, + ET SPIRITUS + SANCTI. AMEN.
May the Lord be in thy heart and on thy lips, so that thou may rightly confess all of thy sins. In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Ghost. Amen.
(N.B. Priests make only one Sign of the Cross-the one after ET FILII. The triple + is used only by Prelates.)P. Accuse yourself as follows:
P. SINCE MY LAST CONFESSION WHICH WAS..... (here give the length of time since your last good Confession) AGO, WHEN I RECEIVED ABSOLUTION AND THEN PERFORMED MY PENANCE, I ACCUSE MYSELF OF THESE SINS:
P. State your sins, including the nature and number of each.
P. When you have finished, say:
P. I AM SORRY FOR THESE AND ALL OF THE SINS OF MY PAST LIFE.
C. BE SORRY NOW FOR THESE AND ALL OF YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST GOD AND LEAVE THEM AS YOU ARE GUILTY IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR THE GRACE OF A GOOD CONFESSION.
C. Gives you advice or instruction, etc.
C. FOR YOUR PENANCE.... NOW MAKE A GOOD ACT OF CONTRITION.
C. Confessor now gives the Absolution while you recite the Act of Contrition. You may use the one you normally use. For sake of convenience here is one of several which may be used.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION
P. O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and to avoid all of the near occasions of sin. Amen.
The Absolution by the Confessor
MISEREATUR TUI OMNIPOTENS DEUS, ET DIMISSIS PECCATIS TUIS, PERDUCAT TE AD VITAM ÆTERNAM. AMEN.
(Deinde dextera versus pśnitentem elevata, dicit:)
INDULGENTIAM, ABSOLUTIONEM, ET REMISSIONEM PECCATORUM TUORUM TRIBUAT TIBI OMNIPOTENS, ET MISERICORS DOMINUS. AMEN.
DOMINUS NOSTER IESUS CHRISTUS TE ABSOLVAT: ET EGO AUCTORITATE IPSIUS TE ABSOLVO AB OMNI VINCULO EXCOMMUNICATIONIS, SUSPENSIONIS, ET INTERDICTI, IN QUANTUM POSSUM, ET TU INDIGES.
DEINDE EGO TE ABSOLVO A PECCATIS TUIS, IN NOMINE PATRIS, ? ET FILII, ? ET SPIRITUS ? SANCTI. AMEN.
(Si pśnitens sit laicus, omittitus verbum SUSPENSIONIS. Sacerdos, non Prelatus, in absolvendis unum signum Crucis facit, dicit:)
PASSIO DOMINI NOSTRI IESU CHRISTI, MERITA BEATÆ MARIÆ VIRGINIS, ET OMNIUM SANCTORUM, QUIDQUID BONI FECERIS, ET MALI SUSTINUERIS, SINT TIBI IN REMISSIONEM PECCATORUM, AUGMENTUM GRATIÆ, ET PRÆMIUM VITÆ ÆTERNÆ. AMEN.
The Absolution by the Confessor
May Almighty God have mercy on thee, forgive thee thy sins, and lead thee to eternal life. Amen.
(Then he elevates the right hand towards the Penitent and says:)
May the Almighty and Merciful Lord grant thee pardon, absolution, and remission of thy sins. Amen.
May our Lord Jesus Christ absolve thee; and by His very Authority, I absolve thee from every bond of excommunication, suspension, and interdict, in as much as I am able and thou art in need.
Finally I absolve thee from thy sins, in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Ghost. Amen.
(If the Penitent is a Laic, omit the word SUSPENSION. A Priest, not Prelate, makes one Sign of the Cross in absolving. Continue to hold the right hand towards the penitent, saying:)
May the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the Saints, whatever good thou hast done and evil thou hast endured, be to thee for the remission of thy sins, the increase of Grace, and the reward of eternal life. Amen.
C. GO IN PEACE AND SIN NO MORE. GOD BLESS YOU.
P. THANK YOU, Father, (YOUR EXCELLENCY), AND GOD BLESS YOU.
P. Return to your place in the church, chapel, etc. Perform your penance completely NOW.
P. Silently recite some prayers after you have finished performing your penance.
Indulgences for the Sacrament of Penance
For the worthy reception of the Holy Sacrament of Penance, one Plenary Indulgence can be applied to oneself under the conditions of:
1) being in the State of Grace;
2) properly performing the penance given by the Confessor;
3) having the intention of gaining this indulgence.
Also, 12,000 Plenary Indulgences, applicable only to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, are gained each time this is done under these same 3 above conditions.
Suggested Prayers after Confession
PRAYER AFTER CONFESSION
Let this my Confession, I beseech Thee, O Lord, be pleasing and acceptable in Thy sight, by the merits of Thy blessed and ever Virgin Mary and of all Thy Saints; and whatsoever is wanting, now or at any other time, in sufficient contrition, or in sincerity and integrity of Confession, do Thou, of Thy loving kindness and mercy, supply and deign thereby to hold me more full and perfectly absolved in Heaven; Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.
ACT OF PERFECT CONFORMITY TO THE MOST HOLY WILL OF GOD
Most Precious Blood in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, grant, I beseech Thee, the Grace that, just before I die, I may make an Act of Perfect Conformity to the Most Holy Will of God, accepting death with perfect resignation to His Most Holy Will and accepting death as the just consequence for all of my actual sins, faults and imperfections, both deliberate and indeliberate, of thought, word, and deed, of day and night, of commission and omission, and also all of my negligences and failures to use the Graces and inspirations so freely given to me.
And, if I am unable to make it the moment just before my death, please take this Act of Perfect Resignation to the Most Holy Will of God which I am now making, and place it there to be used at that moment, giving it to the Just Judge, so that I may thereby merit to be delivered not only from Hell, but also from Purgatory, mindful that I desire to be one of those who “have washed their robes, and have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb” of God.
“Therefore they are before the Throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His Temple: and He, that sitteth on the Throne, shall dwell over them. They shall no more hunger nor thirst, neither shall the sun fall on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the Throne, shall rule them, and shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Apocalypse 7:14-17). This I beg of Thee in the deepest humility, profoundest love and child-like confidence and trust. Amen.
ACT OF ACCEPTING ONE'S OWN DEATH FROM THE HANDS OF GOD
O Most Holy Trinity, with a sincere spirit of love of Thee and with a contrite heart, I accept calmly and gladly from Thy hands whatsoever manner of death it may please Thee to send me, together with all of its pain, anguish and suffering. Amen.
Indulgences for the Act of Accepting One's Own Death From the Hands of God
The Faithful who at any moment of their lives, from a sincere spirit of love of God and with at least a contrite heart, express their intention of accepting calmly and gladly from the hands of God whatsoever manner of death it may please Him to send them, together with all of its pain, anguish and suffering, may gain the following Indulgences: One Plenary Indulgence for themselves each time they recite it (not to exceed one per day) and 12,000 Plenary Indulgences applicable only to the Poor Souls in Purgatory under the conditions of: 1) being in the State of Grace, 2) reciting this prayer devoutly, and 3) having the intention of gaining these indulgences. In addition, One Plenary Indulgence for themselves at the hour of death if they have devoutly made this Act at least once during their lifetime under the 3 above conditions.)
PRAYER FOR MERCY
Most compassionate God, Father of Mercy and Lord of all Consolation, Who dost not wish the damnation of those who believe and trust in Thee, look down upon us, we beseech thee, according to the multitude of Thy Mercies and increase Thy Mercy that even in the greatest trials of this life we may always faithfully comply with Thy Holy Will which is Mercy itself, through Thy Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, forever and ever. Amen.