The Book of Common Prayer

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we, from time to time most grievously have committed by thought, word and deed against Thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly they wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous upon us; the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us most merciful Father; for Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake. Forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever serve and please Thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of Thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thomas Cranmer 1489-1556

Private Prayers

I have deferred repentance, and Thou hast prolonged patience, O Thou that art mercy, Thou that art a fountain inexhaustible.

Lancelot Andrewes.

O Love, no more sins, no more sins !
St Catherine of Genoa.

Times without number have I pray'd,
"This only once forgive";
Relapsing, when Thy hand was stay'd,
And suffer'd me to live:-

Yet now the kingdom of Thy peace,
Lord, to my heart restore;
Forgive my vain repentances,
And bid me sin no more.

Charles Wesley


O everlasting God, let the light of Thine eternity now fall upon my passing days.
O holy God, let the light of thy perfect righteousness fall upon my sinful ways.
O most merciful God, let the light of Thy love pierce to the most secret corners of my heart and overcome the darkness of sin within me.

John Baillie.

Lord, who hast died for us, beside whose awful mercy we confess that he who is not burned with love needeth to be purged with tears: Grant us such penitence as may be no reproach to us before Thine angels, and such love as shall carry us into their choirs; which praise Thee with the Father and the Holy Ghost, God most glorious, for ever.

Eric Milner-White
A Cambridge Bede Book

An Act of Contrition

O God, I am sorry with my whole heart for all my sins, because you are Goodness itself and sin is an offence against you. Therefore I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, not to sin again, and to avoid the occasions of sin.

The Missal.

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