Act of Contrition

This is a prayer which expresses sorrow for having sinned.   There are many different variations in use, many based on a Latin formulation.

Either the modern or traditional text may be used.



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Words (full text) of the prayer:


Traditional

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven, and the pains of Hell;
but most of all because I love Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen


Modernized

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven, and the pains of Hell;
but most of all because I love You, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

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