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Penitential Rite

We are human and we sin. To put ourselves in the proper condition for the celebration of the Mass it is desirable to confess our sins and pray for forgiveness. The following exchange between the celebrant and the parish is the essence of this rite. The parish congregation recites or answers with proclamations in bold print.

A

I confess to almighty God

and to you, my brothers and sisters,

that I have sinned through my own faultwe strike our breast

in my thoughts and in my words,

in what I have done,

and in what I have failed to do;

and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin,

all the angels and saints,

and you, my brothers and sisters,

to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

– the Kyrie may then be sung –

B

Lord, we have sinned against you: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your mercy and love. And grant us your salvation.

 May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.  

C

– Lord Jesus is acclaimed in praise, and we respond –

…: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. …: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. …: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

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