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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 220 pages of information about Baltimore Catechism No. 3 (of 4).

THE CONFITEOR.

Q. 90.  Say the Confiteor and verses after it.  A. I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.  Therefore, I beseech blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

May the Almighty God have mercy on me, and forgive me my sins, and bring me to ever-lasting life.  Amen.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of all my sins.  Amen.

Q. 91.  What does “Confiteor” mean? 
A.  “Confiteor” is the first word of this prayer in Latin, and means “I
Confess.”

Q. 92.  How is the Confiteor divided?  A. The Confiteor is divided into two parts.  In the first part we acknowledge our sins in the presence of God and of His Saints and Angels.  In the second part we beg the Saints and Angels to aid us in obtaining forgiveness.

Q. 93.  What should we bear in mind in saying any prayer, and especially the Confiteor?  A. While saying any prayer, and especially the Confiteor, we should bear in mind that we are in the presence of God, and of His Saints and Angels, who see us and hear us, though we can not see or hear them.

AN ACT OF FAITH.

Q. 94.  Say the Act of Faith.  A. O my God!  I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

Q. 95.  Give the substance of an Act of Faith.  A. The substance of an Act of Faith is:  I believe all that God has revealed and the Catholic Church teaches.

Q. 96.  Why do we find Acts of Faith of different lengths?  A. We find Acts of Faith of different lengths, because some state more fully than others what God has revealed and the Church teaches.

AN ACT OF HOPE.

Q. 97.  Say the Act of Hope.  A. O my God! relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life ever-lasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Q. 98.  Give the substance of an Act of Hope.  A. The substance of an Act of Hope is:  I hope for heaven and the means to obtain it.

AN ACT OF LOVE.

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