How (and Why) to Make a General Confession (2022)

Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow. ~ Isaiah 1:18

You're only as sick as your secrets. ~ Alcoholics Anonymous

How (and Why) to Make a General Confession (1)

“What do you see when you're in the dark, and the demons come?” Mitch Leary (John Malcovich) asks Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) in a creepy late night phone call in the 1993 movie, In the Line of Fire. Eastwood, a secret service agent, failed to take a bullet for President Kennedy on that fatal day in Dallas, and the assassination haunts him to the present day. “Do you really have the guts to take a bullet, Frank?” Malcovich further taunts him in the brilliant, gripping screenplay by Jeff Macguire.

And what do you, reader, see when you're in the dark and the demons come?

We all have a personal legion of demons who come to agitate and rattle us about ways we've messed up, people we hurt, things we should or should not have done--and who remind us that the window of opportunity to repair the damage closed long ago. Living with them is a heavy burden. It destroys our peace.

Jesus wants to exercise these demons from us, give us his peace, and restore us so we can live in the fullness of life.1 And he has the unique capacity to do so.

One principle means to achieve this restoration is with the sacrament of Reconciliation.

A central problem for many, though, is that confession is SCARY!!! Who really wants to go into a tiny room and tell a priest her or his deepest and darkest?

And if confessing sins from the last few months isn't hard enough, the notion of making a general confession, where you confess the sins of your entire lifetime, is downright terrifying.

If this echoes some of your sentiments, you certainly aren't alone. Many, many forgo receiving the sacrament of Penance due to its awkwardness, or else they just don't see the point of it.

The reality, however, is that making a confession is healthy and natural. As a sacrament, it's one of the “masterworks of God.”2And you needn't squirm over feigned awkwardness: the priest has heard it all before.

Let's look more closely at the benefits of regular confession and why a general confession especially makes sense at this moment in time—then go over some practical ways to prepare for one.

Over lunch last summer, my friend told me he only makes a confession once in a while, when he's done something particularly injurious that he's truly sorry about.

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This is pretty much on base with what the Church professes:

After having attained the age of discretion each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.3

For my own part, I had an experience that convinced me I need to make confession a regular part of my life, regardless of whether or not I think I've done something “really bad.”

Several years ago, I'd really had it with the priests and parish communities where I lived and decided to take a long break from confession. One night, I had a dream that I was in a filthy bathroom. A layer of dirt covered every surface area. It gave me the creeps just to be standing in the midst of it; like one of those gas station bathrooms that hasn't been cleaned for months and months. Then, a friend found me and guided me downstairs into a perfectly clean, sparkling fresh bathroom.

The next morning, a friend called and said she was going to confession that afternoon and wondered if I wanted to join her?

I was so surprised at this phone call; we never had “confession dates” before, lol; and I definitely made a connection between my dream and her invitation.

In the dream the bathroom represented my soul. Everyday sins dirtied it, so much so that even over a short span of time, it became unbearably filthy. Keeping my soul clean entailed a regular cleansing; i.e. confession.

So after that, rain or shine, happy or sad with the priest or parish, and regardless of whether or not I thought I'd done anything exceptionally horrible, I made a practice of going to confession regularly. As a rule of thumb, I try to go about as often as I clean my bathroom. 😉

Do you ever put something off for days and weeks, and over that time it just festers and gets worse? Take cleaning out your refrigerator. If it's not done regularly, all sorts of filth starts to grow onto leftovers and what not. Sometimes, nipping an ugly task in the bud is the easiest way to resolve it.

The sacrament of Penance is a lot like that. In 1 John 1:9, John tells us, “If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, 'We have not sinned,' we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Looking at the ways we've failed is hard. However, a confession has a healthy psychological benefit: it's facing up to what we've done, which enables us to move past it. Here's how the Catechism phrases it:

The confession (or disclosure) of sins, even from a simply human point of view, frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others. Through such an admission, man looks squarely at the sins he is guilty of, takes responsibility for them, and thereby opens himself again to God and to the communion of the Church in order to make a new future possible.4

Essentially, confession allows for greater spiritual maturity. As the priest said in his homily at the Ash Wednesday Mass I attended: “If you go to confession regularly, you will experience spiritual growth. Guaranteed.”

A general confession, which entails summarizing the sins of your entire lifetime, has been a tradition in the Church for some time now. St. Therese of Lisieux writes about making a general confession at her Carmel in France.5 And the first section of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises includes preparing for a general confession.

But what is the sense in making one; of re-confessing sins you've already received absolution for in previous confessions? At first blush, it reminds me of a story a friend of mine told me of traveling to Lourdes with his family as a little boy.Although the intention of the trip was to seek healing for his ailing sister in the Lourdes water, upon arrival the volunteers at the grotto recommended he be dipped into the water as well.

“But I'm already well,” he pointed out.

“But you will be better,” they insisted.

The notion of asking forgiveness for a sin more than once seems like a failure to trust or believe that Jesus wiped the slate clean the first time.

--Add to it that it's just so dang hard to acknowledge an entire lifetime of sins in one sitting.

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Although a Catholic is under no obligation to make a general confession, there are in fact several good reasons for doing so—particularly at this point in time:

  • In his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius lays out some clear benefits of a general confession. For starters, he says it generates a greater contrition for all the sins of one's entire lifetime.

  • Another benefit he cites is that it increases our self-knowledge. We come to a greater understanding of our weak areas and tendency to sin, which allows us to heal them. It also shows us areas where we've already healed and grown.

  • And finally, he says that a general confession makes one better disposed to receive the Blessed Sacrament. And this in turn creates fortitude to no longer fall into sin.6

  • A final reason to make a general confession at this moment in time is to prepare ourselves for the Illumination of Conscience. As I've written several times before, the Illumination is unique in all of human history. It is a special moment in which God will reveal to every person his or her individual transgressions over their whole life. Due to the Blessed Virgin's prophecies at Garabandal, there is good reason to think this Illumination will take place very soon; it's to happen, she says, when the world returns to the spirit of communism.Receiving this judgment will be a lot for any of us to palate, and making a general confession would mitigate the difficulty of this experience.

Appreciating these benefits of a general confession serves to ease the challenge of making one. And although not exactly being “men of the world,” most of the priests I've confessed to have been reasonable and easy enough to talk to. It's really expected of him; as the Catechism puts it:

The minister of the sacrament should....have a proven knowledge of Christian behavior, experience of human affairs, respect and sensibility toward the one who has fallen.7

When I made a general confession, it was at a parish with an ENORMOUS line at the confessional. I honestly thought the priest would turn me away when he realized I was making a general confession, saying that he didn't have the time. But he didn't. And it was hard, but I stayed focused on what I was ACHIEVING from the confession: some sort of release and spiritual preparation for this upcoming decade.

Now let's look at how one might prepare for a general confession—fortunately St. Ignatius has provided a coherent step-by-step guide.

As a young man in Spain around the turn of the 16th century, St. Ignatius of Loyola developed distinctive spiritual practices while praying alone in a cave for several months. After starting the Jesuit order around 15 years later, he codified these exercises, and all novitiates complete them upon entering the order.

The term “spiritual exercises” encompasses a range of spiritual activities, including examination of conscience, meditation, contemplation, vocal and mental prayer. (Although the exercises, traditionally, are completed over a retreat lasting as long as thirty days, they can be adopted to any practitioner, over any time range that suits him or her.)

Discernment is central to the exercises: identifying those desires and experiences in our lives that come from God, those that are from the devil, and those that originate from ourselves. This enables one to navigate a path toward God and the fullness of life Jesus promised us.

The beginning of his exercises is dedicated to the contemplation of sin and preparation for a general confession.

  • The Five Preparatory Exercises

In preparation for making a general confession, St. Ignatius suggests removing yourself from your daily life as much as possible. This way, to use his words, “The mind is not engaged in many things, but can give its whole attention to one single interest, that is, to the service of its Creator and its spiritual progress.”8

He lays out five separate exercises,9which I've simplified and summarized below. He recommends performing these exercises over the course of one day: the first exercise at midnight, the second upon rising, the third before or after Mass (before lunch), the Fourth at Vespers (early evening), and the Fifth an hour before supper.

Since these were written in first person, I'm summarizing them here in first person as well.

The First Exercise

I begin with a prayer asking God that this exercise might be oriented toward him.

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Next I complete two preludes:

First I meditate on “sin.” A visual Ignatius offers is a knight coming before a king and court after he's done something shamefully wrong, and after the king has given him many favors. (This visual gets at the kind of person Ignatius was.)

Second, I ask for the grace to be ashamed of occasions of sin.

The body of this exercise entails meditating on the single sin of the angels that caused them to be cast into hell and the single sin of Adam and Eve that brought about the fallen state of the entire human race.

Then I consider those who've led far better lives that I, who've sinned far less, yet who have incurred punishment and damnation.

Finally, I close with a Colloquy (which is basically a natural conversation with Jesus): After meditating on Him on the Cross, I answer these questions:

“What have I done for Christ?”

“What am I doing for Christ?”

“What ought I to do for Christ?”

The Second Exercise

The second exercise begins with the same preparatory prayer.

This is followed by a prelude, this time asking for the grace of intense sorrow for sin.

Next I record my sins, going over my life year by year, focusing on where I lived, my dealings with others and the positions I held. I look at my sins altogether, and then I look at myself compared to the almighty God. I look with awe on all of creation for having permitted me to commit these sins: the angels “through they are the sword of God's justice,” other humans, the saints, all of nature.

Finally, I end with a Colloquy, speaking to God and thanking him for his mercy.

The Third Exercise

The third exercise begins with the preparatory prayer.

Next, I repeat the first and second exercises, focusing on which aspects bring consolation, and which desolation.

I finish with three colloquies, speaking first to the Blessed Virgin, asking for her to help with self-knowledge and re-ordering my life, and to distance my life from worldly dangers. Then I make the same requests of Jesus and God the Father.

The Fourth Exercise

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The fourth exercise repeats the third, like a cow chewing on its cud, and closes with the same colloquies.

The Fifth Exercise

The fifth exercise begins with the preparatory prayer.

Next, I meditate on hell, using all the five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling the flames.

One helpful description here is from St. Teresa of Avila's Book of her Life, a spiritual memoir she wrote around the age of 50.

While I was in prayer one day, I suddenly found that, without knowing how, I had seemingly been put in hell….the entrance it seems to me was similar to a very long and narrow alleyway, like an oven, low and dark and confined; the flow seemed to me to consist of dirty, muddy water emitting a foul stench and swarming with putrid vermin. At the end of the alleyway a hole that looked like a small cupboard was hollowed out in the wall; there I found I was placed in a cramped condition.

All this was delightful to see in comparison with what I felt there….What I felt, it seems to me, cannot even begin to be exaggerated, nor can it be understood. I experienced a fire in the soul that I don’t know how I could describe. The bodily pains were so unbearable that though I had suffered excruciating ones in this life and according to what doctors say, the worst that can be suffered on earth…these were all nothing in comparison with the ones I experienced there. I saw furthermore that they would go on without end and without ever ceasing.

This, however was nothing next to the soul’s agonizing: constriction, a suffocation, an affliction so keenly felt and with such a despairing and tormenting unhappiness that I don’t know how to word it strongly enough. To say the experience is as though the soul were continually being wrested from the body would be insufficient, for it would make you think somebody else is taking away the life, whereas here it is the soul itself tears itself in pieces.…..I felt myself burning and crumbling; and I repeat the worst was that interior fire and despair….

the Lord wanted me to actually feel those spiritual torments and afflictions, as though the body were suffering.10

(St. Ignatius of course doesn't include this excerpt in his exercises, but I have found it's a pretty thorough description, and so helpful for a meditation.)

Next, I ask for a sense of pain that the lost suffer, and for a fear of hell, an appreciation of its reality as a motivation to live an upright life.

I close with a colloquy, talking with Jesus about those who are condemned and thanking Him that he's been merciful to me.

And that wraps up the five exercises: after completing these, anyone is pretty well prepared to make a general confession. Most priests are available to hear confessions at least once a week.

St. Ignatius makes a few comments on penance.11He suggests giving up food, sleep, and practicing forms of asceticism that make you uncomfortable but that don't hurt you physically (like taking cold showers, for example). He says that identifying suitable penance is a discernment process, and recommends talking it over with God to determine what is best for you.

My two-year-old nephew has an indefatigable obsession with the story of the three little pigs, and last summer I read it to him over and over again. And yes, at the risk of being unbearably banal, I am going to go here: I found that it offered a powerful spiritual lesson.

Although from one vantage a general confession seems intimidating, from another it's a wise thing to do. We all choose the foundations that we build our lives upon. Prudently laying a foundation of bricks fortifies us for the spiritual battles we face in this dark hour.

Jesus assures us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light, and when we've cast all our cares upon him, and asked for His forgiveness, our reward is a light and carefree conscience.

But enough from me. What's your take on confession? Do you receive the sacrament regularly and believe it's beneficial?

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FAQs

What is the purpose of a general confession? ›

' The main goal of the "general confession" is to turn one's life from one of sin to a more devout one. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius have done much to popularise this form of confession, with such a confession being the significant end-point of the First Week of his Spiritual Exercises.

How do you make a good confession? ›

That starts with an act of praise and confidence in God's grace. Acknowledging that you are in the strong and loving arms of God, trusting that God will care for you and provide for you, thanking God for the blessings of His grace — all of this is a fitting start to prepare for a good confession.

How often should you make a general confession? ›

To confess our sins to a priest, at least once a year. 4. To receive Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at least once a year during Easter Season.

What are the 5 Steps to a good confession? ›

Terms in this set (5)
  • Examine your conscience.
  • Be sincerely sorry for your sins.
  • Confess your sins.
  • Resolve to amend your life.
  • After your confession do the penance that your priest assigns.

Does general absolution forgive mortal sins? ›

For a valid reception of general absolution, the penitent must be contrite for all his mortal sins and have the resolution to confess, at the earliest opportunity, each of those mortal sins forgiven in general absolution.

Can sins be forgiven without confession? ›

That does not mean there are not extraordinary ways that God can work outside of the sacraments. Note that this is for mortal sins, as venial sins can be forgiven routinely outside of the confessional. The canon says that physical and moral impossibility excuses one from confession.

What do I say in confession? ›

This prayer is short and simple: 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.

What is the first thing you say in confession? ›

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. This is my first confession. These are my sins… Tell all your sins openly and honestly, including the number of times each sin was committed.

What do you say first in confession? ›

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. This is my first confession. These are my sins… Tell all your sins openly and honestly, including the number of times each sin was committed.

What is regular confession? ›

Frequent confession is the spiritual practice among many Christians, especially Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans, of going to the sacrament of reconciliation often and regularly in order to grow in holiness.

What is considered mortal sin? ›

A mortal sin is defined as a grave action that is committed in full knowledge of its gravity and with the full consent of the sinner's will. Such a sin cuts the sinner off from God's sanctifying grace until it is repented, usually in confession with a priest.

How do you confess an impure act? ›

MAKING YOUR CONFESSION

You may begin by saying: “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (state length of time) since my last confession. These are my sins.” Then tell your sins, especially any serious sins. The priest will give the necessary advice and assign penance.

What are the three unforgivable sins? ›

ÇMurder, torture and abuse of any human being, but particularly the murder, torture and abuse of children and animals.

What are the 4 mortal sins? ›

They join the long-standing evils of lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride as mortal sins - the gravest kind, which threaten the soul with eternal damnation unless absolved before death through confession or penitence.

What are the 4 parts of a good confession? ›

The four major parts of the sacrament of Reconciliation are: 1) contrition, 2) confession, 3) penance, 4) absolution. 3. An examination of conscience helps us to know what we need to confess.

What sins must be confessed? ›

All mortal sins must be confessed, while confession of venial sins also is recommended but not required. The priest may emphasize repentance and offer counsel, and always proposes a penance which the penitent accepts and then recites an act of contrition. The priest imparts absolution.

How do you say a perfect act of contrition? ›

Enumerate your sins, ask the Lord for forgiveness with all your heart, and make an act of contrition. Promise him: 'Later I will confess, but forgive me now. ' And immediately you will return to the grace of God.”

Can you confess a mortal sin? ›

Mortal sins must be confessed by naming the specific offence along with how many times it was committed. Mention of how long since one's last confession is to establish whether one is truly penitent – has a purpose of amendment.

Can I confess directly to God? ›

You can confess your sins directly to God. You do not need to confess to a pastor, priest, or spiritual leader to be forgiven.

Do I have to confess every sin? ›

Answer: This really is a good question! And the original quote is from Dr. Alan Redpath: “God has not promised to forgive one sin that you are not willing to forsake.” And you're absolutely correct: If we had to confess every single sin in order to be forgiven, that would be an unbearable burden!

Can you receive communion if you forgot to confess a sin? ›

If we are conscious of mortal sin, then we must receive the Sacrament of Confession. Until we have done so, we must refrain from receiving Communion. Indeed, to receive Communion while conscious of having committed a mortal sin is to receive Communion unworthily—which is another mortal sin.

What are the six steps of confession? ›

Terms in this set (6)

An examination of conscience. Sorrow for sin. A resolve to avoid sin in the future. Confession of sins; for mortal sins, according to their species and number.

What are examples of sins? ›

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How do you confess after a long time? ›

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What is the prayer after confession? ›

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 the near occasion of sin. Amen.

What age is first confession? ›

Typically children make their first confession and first communion in 2nd grade. If your child is enrolled in a Catholic school or in a home school program, this is sufficient for sacramental preparation for first confession and first communion.

Where in the Bible does it say to confess to a priest? ›

The necessity of confession is discussed in many places in the New Testament (James 5:16; 1 John 1:9), although there is no direct evidence that confession had to be specific or detailed or that it had to be made to a priest. A detailed confession to a bishop or priest, however, appeared early in the church's history.

Do you say the Act of Contrition during confession? ›

Catholic Church. The Act of Contrition is part of the Sacrament of Penance and is prayed by the penitent after the priest assigns a penance and before he gives the penitent absolution. It is also customarily said especially before one goes to bed at night.

How do Catholics prepare for first confession? ›

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Why do Catholics go to confession? ›

If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Sacred Scripture is clear: confession of sins to the Church is a necessary part of receiving Christ's forgiveness. This sacrament has been a constant and unbroken thread throughout the Church's history.

What are 3 things that happen after you make a good confession? ›

When confession is followed by positive acceptance, help, support and love from others or yourself, then confession develops a great rush of self-esteem, satisfaction, and a sense of personal power. We all need to feel known, loved, accepted, and appreciated.

How often does the average Catholic go to confession? ›

Confession, after all, is one of the seven Catholic sacraments. But now only 2 percent of Catholics go regularly to confession, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Georgetown University—and three-quarters of them never go, or go less than once a year.

Why do we confess to a priest and not directly to God? ›

By confessing our sins to a priest, we are given a vehicle by which we can be comforted in our guilt. We are given an opportunity to personally witness how God's mercy works. And we know we can believe that with wholehearted repentance, we are indeed forgiven because we have the promise of Jesus Himself.

Is fornication a sin? ›

To engage in premarital or extramarital sex, before or outside of marriage, is to sin in God's sight. That is precisely the point of Hebrews 13:4, a verse often referred to in this kind of discussion.

Is it a sin not to go to Mass? ›

Our Sunday Mass obligation is based on the Third Commandment: “Remember the sabbath day — keep it holy” (Ex 20:8). All of the commandments of God are serious matter, so to deliberately miss Mass on Sunday — without a just reason — would objectively be considered a mortal sin.

Can you go to heaven after adultery? ›

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What are the 7 mortal sins Catholic church? ›

What are the seven deadly sins? According to Roman Catholic theology, the seven deadly sins are the seven behaviours or feelings that inspire further sin. They are typically ordered as: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth.

What is an impure thought? ›

not morally pure or proper; unchaste or obscene. impure thoughts.

What is an integral confession? ›

The priest is instructed at the appropriate place in the rite to help the penitent to make an integral confession, which means a spoken acknowledgment of as many particular sins as are remembered.

Are tattoos a sin? ›

Scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi states that tattoos are sinful because they are an expression of vanity and they alter the physical creation of God.

What is the most serious sin? ›

Pride (superbia), also known as hubris (from Ancient Greek ὕβρις) or futility. It is considered the original and worst of the seven deadly sins on almost every list, the most demonic. It is also thought to be the source of the other capital sins.

Will God forgive repeated sins? ›

Jesus has the authority to forgive every sin and every blasphemy. “It was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission (forgiveness) of sins should be preached in His name to all nations.” Luke 24:46-47.

Does watching Mass on TV count? ›

As a general rule, Catholics are obliged to attend Mass each Sunday. This is in fulfillment of the Second Commandment. Simply watching Mass on TV does not fulfill the obligation. A Catholic who can reasonably do so must attend Mass at a parish church or oratory.

Can divorced Catholics receive Communion? ›

Divorced people are full members of the Church and are encouraged to participate in its activities. May a divorced Catholic receive Holy Communion? Yes. Divorced Catholics in good standing with the Church, who have not remarried or who have remarried following an annulment, may receive the sacraments.

Who Cannot receive Communion in the Catholic Church? ›

Reception of Holy Communion

Also forbidden to receive the sacraments is anyone who has been interdicted. These rules concern a person who is considering whether to receive Holy Communion, and in this way differ from the rule of canon 915, which concerns instead a person who administers the sacrament to others.

What are the 5 steps of confession? ›

Terms in this set (5)
  • Examine your conscience.
  • Be sincerely sorry for your sins.
  • Confess your sins.
  • Resolve to amend your life.
  • After your confession do the penance that your priest assigns.

How do I make a good confession? ›

That starts with an act of praise and confidence in God's grace. Acknowledging that you are in the strong and loving arms of God, trusting that God will care for you and provide for you, thanking God for the blessings of His grace — all of this is a fitting start to prepare for a good confession.

How do you prepare for confession? ›

Consider making a Holy Hour and spend your time asking the Holy Spirit to reveal your sin to you and let any sins that you have come to your mind and your heart before the Lord. Praying before the Exposed Blessed Sacrament may help you feel more exposed towards God and will help you prepare for confession.

What is the general confession in the AME Church? ›

Have Mercy Upon Us, Have Mercy Upon Us, Most Merciful Father for Your Son Our Lord Jesus Christ's Sake; Forgive Us All That Is Past, And Grant That We May Ever Hereafter Serve and Please You in Newness of Life, To the Honor and Glory of Thy Name, Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

How do you say general confession? ›

How to Make a General Confession - YouTube

What is a Catholic life confession? ›

confession. In modern times the Roman Catholic Church teaches that confession, or reconciliation, is a sacrament, instituted by Christ, in which a confession of all serious sins committed after baptism is necessary.

How long should a Catholic confession take? ›

A normal confession may last 10 or so minutes. If you think yours will last a lot longer, feel free to ask for a private session.

Does the AME Church believe in speaking in tongues? ›

Tongues: According to AMEC beliefs, speaking in church in tongues not understandable by the people is a thing "repugnant to the Word of God."

How do you say benediction prayer? ›

Lord, be with us now to strengthen us; about us, to keep us; above us, to protect us; beneath us, to uphold us; before us, to direct us; behind us, to keep us from straying; and 'round about us, to defend us. Blessed are You, O Father, forever and ever. Amen.

What is the summary of Decalogue? ›

The Decalogue or 10 commandments was given to the people of God after the Exodus. These commandments are what formed them into God's people. Jesus sums up the rules for God's people through his words in Matthew.

How do you confess an impure act? ›

MAKING YOUR CONFESSION

You may begin by saying: “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (state length of time) since my last confession. These are my sins.” Then tell your sins, especially any serious sins. The priest will give the necessary advice and assign penance.

What is considered mortal sin? ›

A mortal sin is defined as a grave action that is committed in full knowledge of its gravity and with the full consent of the sinner's will. Such a sin cuts the sinner off from God's sanctifying grace until it is repented, usually in confession with a priest.

What are venial sins? ›

definition. A venial sin usually involves a less important matter and is committed with less self-awareness of wrongdoing. While a venial sin weakens the sinner's union with God, it is not a deliberate turning from him and so does not wholly block the inflow of sanctifying grace.

What are the 4 mortal sins? ›

They join the long-standing evils of lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride as mortal sins - the gravest kind, which threaten the soul with eternal damnation unless absolved before death through confession or penitence.

What sins must be confessed? ›

All mortal sins must be confessed, while confession of venial sins also is recommended but not required. The priest may emphasize repentance and offer counsel, and always proposes a penance which the penitent accepts and then recites an act of contrition. The priest imparts absolution.

What do you say first in confession? ›

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. This is my first confession. These are my sins… Tell all your sins openly and honestly, including the number of times each sin was committed.

How often does the average Catholic go to confession? ›

Confession, after all, is one of the seven Catholic sacraments. But now only 2 percent of Catholics go regularly to confession, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Georgetown University—and three-quarters of them never go, or go less than once a year.

What is an example of a confession? ›

When you go to church to see a priest and tell him about your sins, this is an example of a confession. When you write out the details of a crime you committed for the police, this is an example of a confession. When you share an embarrassing secret with a friend, this is an example of a confession.

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