Confession, Absolution and Counselling

Father Nicholas will hear confessions and give absolution and provide counselling if required...

Father Nicholas will hear confessions and give absolution and provide counselling if required. All confessions are totally confidential and he may not repeat what he hears in the confessional. The book of Common Prayer provides a rite of confession for those who cannot quieten their conscience.

The following form is normally used:

The Penitent begins:

"Bless me, for I have sinned."

The Priest says:

"The Lord be in your heart and upon your lips that you may truly and humbly confess your sins: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

Penitent:

"I confess to Almighty God, to his Church, and to you, that I have sinned by my own fault in thought, word, and deed, in things done and left undone; especially__________. For these and all other sins which I cannot now remember, I am truly sorry. I pray God to have mercy on me. I firmly intend amendment of life, and I humbly beg forgiveness of God and his Church, and ask you for counsel, direction, and absolution."

Here the Priest may offer counsel, direction, and comfort.

The Priest then pronounces this absolution:

"Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive you all your offenses; and by his authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

Or:

"Our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered himself to be sacrificed for us to the Father, and who conferred power on his Church to forgive sins, absolve you through my ministry by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and restore you in the perfect peace of the Church. Amen."

The Priest adds:

"The Lord has put away all your sins."

Penitent:

"Thank you Father"
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