How to go to Confession
After your Confession.
- Examination of conscience.
Kneel in church and ask God to
help you know your sins. Try to remember, as well as you can, what sins
you have committed since your last Confession and how many times or how often you
committed each one. Tell God that you are sorry for your sins.
Then go over to the confessional booth and pray while waiting your turn to go
- In the confessional.
me, Father for I have sinned; it is one week (or one month or whatever length of time
it is) since my last Confession. I accuse myself of the following sins."
- Kneel down and wait until the priest opens the little
window. Make the Sign of the Cross and say:
- Name the sins and tell how many times you committed each
one. Then say: "I am sorry for these sins and all
the sins of my whole life, especially..." (here name some sin already confessed).
- The priest will then give you some prayers as penance, and perhaps
advise you. While the priest is saying the words of forgiveness
("absolution"), you should say
the Act of Contrition.
- Then the priest will say, "God bless you",
or "Go in peace", or something like that. You say,
"Thank you, Father", make the Sign of the Cross and go out of the
Go back to your pew, kneel down, say your
penance and thank God for the Sacrament of Penance.
- Remember that you can go to any priest anywhere. The priest does not know
who is confessing to him. He cannot see you, and it is difficult to recognize a
voice speaking in a whisper. You do not tell the priest your name or give any
details that would identify you.
- Speak to the priest in a whisper. Tell your sins briefly; do not go
into detail. However, in confessing a sin of impurity, you have to tell
what kind it is (thought, desire, adultery, fornication, etc.). In
confessing a sin of theft, tell the amount or value of the object stolen.
- If you are not sure whether or not your were guilty of some sin, confess
the sin but tell the priest you are not sure you committed it.
Example: I was tempted by impure thoughts and I may have consented to them.
- Go to Confession often and regularly, even though you have no mortal sins to
confess. You should not think of confession as just a way of getting rid
of your sins. Remember that in Confession you receive the Sacrament of
Penance. This Sacrament not only gives you grace, but also helps you to
overcome future temptations. It is difficult to lead a good life without
going to Confession often. Go once a week if possible; once a month at
the very least. (Some Saints confessed daily.)