The Act of Contrition is usually associated with the Sacrament of Confession , but Catholics should also pray it every day as part of their normal prayer life. Recognizing our sins is an important part of our spiritual growth. Unless we acknowledge our sins and ask for God's forgiveness, we cannot receive the grace that we need to become better Christians. There are many different forms of the Act of Contrition. The following prayers are some of the most popular versions in use today. Traditional form of the Act of Contrition, which was common throughout the 19th and the first half of the 20th century:. Simplified form of the Act of Contrition:. Modern form of the Act of Contrition:. In the Act of Contrition, we acknowledge our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and express our desire to repent.
One of the necessary elements of the sacrament of confession is reciting an act of contrition. Essentially it is a personal proclamation that you abhor the sins you confessed and are resolved to lead a life of virtue, doing all that you can to stop committing those and any sins in the future. Strictly speaking there is no one formula that a penitent must recite. The person may use their own words, or use a traditional act of contrition. For those who need a prayer handy in the confessional, here are a few different options that the Church offers to the penitent. Read more: 7 Tips for a good confession, from a saint and spiritual guide. After confessing your sins to a priest, here are a few options of what to say next. My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
The Sacrament of Penance is the method of the Church by which individual men and women may confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by a priest. Although it is not mandatory, the Catholic rite is traditionally conducted within a confessional box or booth. This sacrament is known by many names, including penance, reconciliation and confession. While official Church publications always refer to the sacrament as "Penance", "Reconciliation" or "Penance and Reconciliation". Copyright Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited. Federal Tax Identification Number: Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Toggle navigation.
An Act of Contrition is a Christian prayer genre that expresses sorrow for sins. It may be used in a liturgical service or be used privately, especially in connection with an examination of conscience. Special formulae for acts of contrition are in use in the Anglican , Catholic , Lutheran , Methodist and Reformed Churches. The Catholic Church does not restrict the term "act of contrition" to any one formula.