The priest bows down and says a prayer. Then turning to the people he blesses them saying:
May almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless you. Amen.
The priest goes to the left side of the altar.
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
The priest makes a cross on forehead, lips, and breast,
and says the
Gospel of St. John.
Remain standing until the priest has left the sanctuary or kneels down to say the prayers after Mass.
[From Father Finn’s Prayer Book for Catholic Youth.]
O Holy Spirit, help me to know all my sins. Help me to remember that Jesus died for me. Help me to make a good confession and I promise that I will try never to sin again.
Now think of your sins.
O God, I am very sorry for all my sins. I promise that I will try to be good and never again to hurt You by sin. Dear Jesus, help me. Mother of God, pray that I may please Your Son by true sorrow for my sins.
When your turn comes, go into the confession box. Make the Sign of the Cross and wait till the priest opens the little door. Say what you have been taught to say. Or you may say this:
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It is (say how long) since my last confession. Since then I have committed these sins.
Now tell all your sins and how many times you committed each. If there is something you don’t know how to tell, just say, “Please help me, Father,” and the priest will help you. After you have told all your sins, say what you have been taught to say. Or you may say:
That is all, Father.
In case you have no big sins to confess, it is well to end your confession with: “In my past life I sinned through anger or impurity” (or some sin that you know you did and that you are sorry for).
The priest tells you what prayers to say for a penance. Then he tells you to say the Act of Contrition. When you come out, kneel down near the altar. Say your penance at once. Then thank God for being so good to you.
ACTS BEFORE COMMUNION
Act of Faith. Jesus Christ, my Sovereign Lord, I firmly believe that Thou art really present in the Holy Eucharist, and that it is Thy body, Thy blood, Thy soul, and Thy divinity that I shall receive in that Adorable Sacrament.
Act of Hope. Thou hast said, O my God, that those hoping in Thee shall never be confounded. I place all my confidence in Thy promises, and I hope that, having nourished myself with Thy body on earth, I shall have the happiness of seeing and possessing Thee eternally in heaven.