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    Jackie O
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    Are there different versions of the Act of Contrition? I read the article about reconciliation and saw the prayer in the article, but I grew up with a different prayer. Is there only one acceptable one?

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    Andres Ortiz
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    Hmmm…not sure. Why you don’t you write out the one you grew up with here? What are the differences?

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    Jackie O
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    O my God, I’m sorry for my sins, in choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I’ve sinned against you and your church. I firmly intend with the help of your son, to make up for my sins and to love as I should. Amen

    I know this version seems rather elementary to the one that is posted on this website. I went to a Catholic school k-8 and thats where I learned this prayer. I’ve used it my entire life, and haven’t seen any differences.

    Thanks for the help

    Oh, and here’s the one you have on the website.
    + 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 I have offended 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 avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.

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    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Yeah, to me it looks like they say essentially the same thing. In fact, I think I like yours better because it looks so much easier to remember. The one I posted on the site is the one I was taught in my CCD classes.

    I am sure there are a number of them floating around, but what I have found is that they all essentially say the same thing. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

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    Benedict
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    There are many versions of the Act of Contrition, although the one on the site is, I believe, the technical one. You are free to pray whatever words to express the feeling of contrition within the sacrament of reconciliation (or, at least, you are at my church).

    #2551

    Jackie O
    Member

    Thanks for your feedback. I think I’ll probably stick with the one I grew up with, since it says basically the same thing as the more technical version, just in a more modern way of speaking. :o

    #2553

    Benedict
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    O Holy Spirit, come into my soul, that I may discover all the sins I have committed and grant me the grace to be sorry for them in all humility and contriteness of heart.
    O my God, at the moment of my appearance before You this day, I sincerely confess before Your divine majesty and before the whole court of heaven, that I have offended You by thought, word and deed. By my sins I have contributed to the death of Jesus on the cross but You have forgiven me, washing my soul in the Blood of your Son and clothing it with the wedding garment of Your grace.
    I come, therefore, contrite and repentant, but with a heart overflowing with boundless gratitude, to your holy presence which You deigned to grant to a prodigal child like me.
    What shall I render to You for all the good You have done to Me? Lord, I am sorry for all my sins. I promise not to sin again, for I love You. Amen.

    #2555

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Is that the one you are familiar with Benedict?

    #2558

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    This is the one I know from grade school. It is similar to the ones above:

    Oh my God, I am sorry for my sins. I have choosen to do wrong and failed to do good. I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmy intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

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