Litany of Penitence

The Celebrant and People together, all kneeling

L – Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.

The Celebrant continues

L – We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
P – Have mercy on us, Lord.

L – We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ.
We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
P – Have mercy on us, Lord.

L – We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness:
the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
P – We confess to you, Lord.

L – Our self-indulgent appetites and ways,
and our exploitation of other people,
P – We confess to you, Lord.

L – Our anger at our own frustration,
and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
P – We confess to you, Lord.

L – Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts,
and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
P – We confess to you, Lord.

L – Our negligence in prayer and worship,
and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
P – We confess to you, Lord.

L – Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done:
for our blindness to human need and suffering,
and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
P – Accept our repentance, Lord.

L – For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbours,
and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
P – Accept our repentance, Lord.

L – For our waste and pollution of your creation,
and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
P – Accept our repentance, Lord.

L – Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
P – Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

L – Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
P – That we may show forth your glory in the world.

L – By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
P – Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

The Bishop, if present, or the Priest, stands and, facing the people, says:

L – Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who desires not the death of sinners,
but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live,
has given power and commandment to his ministers
to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent,
the absolution and remission of their sins.
He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent,
and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.

L – Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit,
that those things may please him which we do on this day,
and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy,
so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

P – Amen!

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

4 thoughts on “Litany of Penitence”

  1. As vrea sa multumesc si in numele prietenilor si copiilor mei (acum in primul rand) pentru textul Litaniei
    si a Liturgiei.
    Dealtfel ne bucuram mult de existenta acestui blog.
    Domnul sa te ocroteasca!

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    1. Draga Eniko,
      Sunt onorat de prezenta ta aici. Imi multumesc pentru incurajare. Chiar ma intrebam daca punerea la dispozitie a avestor texte liturgice este de folos cuiva. Iata un inceput de conformare.
      Interventia ta imi aduce aminte de clipele frumoase petrecute impreuna la Iasi in anii studentiei. Imi pare rau ca reusim sa ne intilbim atit de rar in ultimii ani.
      Ma rog ca Domnul sa va mingiie pentru pierderea acestui om special care a fost prietenul meu si sotul tau Csaba.
      Domnul sa va binecuvinteze cu toate cele ceresti si pamintesti.
      Cu deosecita pretuiire in Cristos.
      Danut
      PS Eniko, as dori tare mult sa pun unele dintre lucraruile tale plastice pe blogul meu, asa cum facut si cu ale Marianei. Esti dis[usa sa povestim putin despre asta?

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  2. Draga Danut,
    iti multumesc pt. cuvintele frumoase!Intr-adevar ne intilnim rar in ultima vreme, insa puterea rugaciunilor voastre se face simtita in viata noastra.
    Iar ceea-ce priveste postarea lucrarilor mele,
    bineinteles ca putem discuta despre asta.
    Cu respect,
    Eniko

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