According to the Byzantine Catholic Church
After readying yourself by making a good examination of conscience and when the priest is available, approach the Icon of Christ at the front of the church or where ever else the priest might hear your confession. When the priest is ready, he will bless you by saying: May our Lord and God Jesus Christ be in your heart and on your lips that you may worthily confess all of your sins. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
You make the Sign of the Cross and then continue by saying: I confess to Almighty God, One in the Holy Trinity, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, all my sins.
Now mention how long it has been since your last confession: My last worthy confession was ___ weeks, months, years ago. ese are the sins I remember since then.
Now mention the sins you remember since your last worthy confession. You need not give a numerical amount of times you committed a certain sin, it is sufficient to say frequently or occasionally. After confessing the sins you remember tell the priest: These are the sins I remember, Father.
After confessing your sins, listen for any questions or instructions the priest may direct to you. The priest then will give you a penance. If you do not understand or cannot fulfill your penance, always make mention of that to the priest. The priest may then ask you to arouse sorrow in your heart and to make a sincere act of contrition.
For these and all my other sins which I cannot remember or call to mind, I am sorry that I have o ended God and have angered Him against me. I am sincerely repentant and promise, with the help of God, to better my life. For this I humbly ask of you, Father, salutary penance and absolution.
Having given you the penance, the priest will forgive your sins through the power he has received by the power of his ordination. He will say the Prayer of Absolution as you make the Sign of the Cross and then dismiss you by saying: Go in peace and sin no more. You respond by saying: ank you, Father.
It is a good practice to do your penance immediately after receiving absolution. If you cannot do this im- mediately, spend some time in prayer thanking God for His mercy and loving-kindness.
A GUIDE FOR AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48) Human perfection consist precisely in this: Constant growth in the good (Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses)
How are my efforts to grow in the spiritual life through prayer, receiving the holy mysteries regularly, and reading the sacred scriptures? Have I worked to grow in the practice of self-denial? Have I kept the Church precept of fasting? Is my almsgiving truly sacrificial?
What is my attitude toward the Holy Mystery of Penance?
How is the health of my soul? Sin is spiritual sickness; it is an o ense against God’s will and justice and a disrespect of God’s love and mercy.
Am I mindful of the Natural Law; the reflection of God’s eternal law in my heart? Have I tried to act with respect to my free will and intellect with a mindfulness of natural order and beauty as a child of God created in His image and likeness?
Do I live in the spirit of the Beatitudes? (Matthew 5:3-12) Have I been patient in accepting the sorrows and disappointments of temporal, fallen life? Am I growing in the practice of virtue?
I give you a New Commandment : that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you should love one another. (John 13:24) Do I perform the Spiritual and Corporal Works of mercy?
First Great Commandment
You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind.
(Matthew 22:37 & Deuteronomy 6:5)
Second Great Commandment
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The Ten Commandments – The Decalogue (Exodus 20:1-17)
Occult practices; Superstition; Materialism
Fornication; Masturbation; Pornography
Name in vain?
Filthy language Insult the sacred
Waste time at work; Stealing
No unnecessary work; Weekly attendance at Divine Liturgy
Slander; Unnecessary Chatter; one’s imagination
Treat others the way you would have
them treat you.
(Matthew 22:39 & Matthew 7:12)
Obey legitimate authority;
Family peace Raise children
Covet other’s wife Covet goods?
Impure thoughts; Jealousy; Impure glances; Greed
Abortion; Physical &
Mental Abuse; Unjust War; Euthanasia
The Capital Sins
PRIDE - ANGER - GLUTTONY- LUST- SLOTH- COVETNOUSNESS - ENVY
The Church Precepts Participation at Divine Liturgy Obligation
Receive the Eucharist during Easter Season (Pascha to Pentecost) Receive Mystery of Penance (Pure Monday to Pentecost)
Abstain on the appointed days Contribute regularly to the support of your parish
Observe the laws of the Church regarding Marriage
Am I mindful in the different ways I might sin?
Voluntarily or Involuntarily – Word, Deed or ought – In Knowledge or in Ignorance Commission – Omission – Serious Sin – Mild Sin