The Way Of Penance
SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Ghost.
ACT OF CONTRITION
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against Thee
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with Thine assistance,
to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His Name, my God, have mercy on me.
Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee,
O Lord: Lord hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of
If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O
Lord, who shall stand?
But there is forgiveness with Thee:
because of Thy law I wait for Thee, O
My soul waiteth on His word: my soul
hopeth in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night
let Israel hope in the Lord:
For with the Lord there is mercy, and with
Him is plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel, from all their
TO THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
ACT OF REPARATION
With that most profound respect
which divine Faith inspires,
O my God and Saviour Jesus Christ,
true God and true man,
I adore Thee,
and with my whole heart I love Thee,
hidden in the most august Sacrament of the Altar,
in reparation of all the irreverences,
profanations, and sacrileges, that I,
to my shame, may have until now committed,
as also for all those
that have been committed against Thee,
or that may be ever committed for the time to come.
I offer to Thee,
therefore, O my God,
my humble adoration, not indeed,
such as Thou art worthy of,
nor such as I owe Thee,
but such, at least,
as I am capable of offering;
and I wish that I could love Thee
with the most perfect love
of which rational creatures are capable.
In the meantime,
I desire to adore Thee now and always,
not only for those Catholics
who do not adore or love Thee,
but also to supply the defect,
and for the conversion of all heretics,
Jews, and idolaters.
Ah! yes, my Jesus,
mayest Thou be known,
adored, and loved by all
and may thanks be continually given to Thee
in the most holy and august Sacrament!
ACT OF SORROW
O God of my soul,
I am sincerely sorry
for not having hitherto loved Thee.
Instead of having loved Thee,
I have, for the sake of my pleasures,
offended and despised Thine infinite goodness:
I have turned my back upon Thee;
in a word, O my God,
I have voluntarily lost Thee.
Lord, I am sorry,
from the bottom of my heart,
for all my sins.
I hate above all things the offenses,
which I have committed against Thee.
I hope Thou hast already cleansed me
from the stain of sin
in the sacrament of penance,
but I desire to become still purer in Thy sight.
Vouchsafe then to wash in Thy Blood this soul,
which Thou dost wish soon to make Thy dwelling place.
ACT OF HUMILITY
O my Saviour!
whom am I that Thou shouldst invite me
to receive Thee for the food of my soul?
Is it possible that Thou,
the God of infinite purity,
shouldst come and dwell in my heart,
which has been so long the abode of Thine enemy,
and the sink of so much sin?
Lord, if Thou wilt,
Thou canst make me clean. Say but the word and my soul shall be healed.
I come then,
O my amiable Saviour,
to receive Thee this morning,
but I come covered with shame
and confusion at the sight of my sins,
but full of confidence in Thy mercy,
and in the love which Thou dost bear to me.
TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
ACT OF REPARATION
Most sweet Jesus,
whose overflowing charity for men
is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt,
behold us prostrate before Thee,
eager to repair by a special act of homage
the cruel indifference and injuries
to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities,
which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts,
we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone
by voluntary expiation,
not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who,
straying far from the path of salvation,
refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader,
or, renouncing the promises of their baptism,
have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable
outrage committed against Thee;
we are now determined to make amends for the manifold offenses
against Christian modesty in
unbecoming dress and behavior,
for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent,
for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays,
and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints.
We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and
Thy priests are subjected,
for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege,
of the very crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority
of the Church which Thou hast founded.
Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood.
We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction
Thou once made to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily
on our Altars;
we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints
and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense,
as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and
for the sins we and others have committed in the past.
Henceforth, we will live a life
of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel
and especially that of charity.
We promise to the best of our power to prevent
others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.
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Fr. Nicholas Gruner
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