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You Will Need
- A conscience
- A priest
- A confessional or other private place
- The desire to seek forgiveness
- The will to be better
Examine actions since last confession
Examine your actions since your last confession. Reflect on those that have hurt other people or distanced you from God. Perhaps you’ve acted selfishly with a friend, or treated a family member unkindly. It goes without saying that you should already be reflecting on the heavy hitters, like adultery or theft.
Find out confession schedule
Call your local church or consult the parish bulletin to find out when confessions are scheduled. If necessary, you can also arrange a different time with a priest.
Enter the confessional
Enter the confessional or the designated meeting place.
Greet the priest
Greet the priest.
Tell priest last confession date
Say, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been X days, months, or years since my last confession."
Tell priest of hurtful actions
Tell the priest about the hurtful actions you thought about earlier.
Receive penance from priest
Receive your penance from the priest, which is usually some form of prayer or reconciliation with another person.
Say the Act of Contrition
Say the Act of Contrition.
Receive priest's absolution
Receive the priest's absolution, which frees you of your sins.
Do your penance
Do your penance and resolve, as best you can, to avoid the same sins in the future.
Celebrate your forgiveness
Celebrate your forgiveness—just try not to commit any sins while doing so.