1. Examine your conscience.
  2. Introduction.
    • begin by making the Sign of the Cross (praying the words out loud)
    • say “Bless me, Father, I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last confession. These are my sins…”
  3. Confession.
    • Say your sins (try not to be too general, but not a lot of detail either)
  4. Penance.
    • the priest will suggest something for you to do or pray after you leave
  5. Contrition.
    • pray your “Act of Contrition” out loud for the priest to hear
  6. Absolution.
    • the priest will pray the “Prayer of Absolution”
    • you respond “Amen”
  7. Conclusion.
    • the priest will say something like “God has freed you from your sin. Go in Peace.”
    • you respond “Thanks be to God”

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