Prayers for Confession
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6: 14-15
A Prayer of Repentance
O Lord our God, good and merciful, I acknowledge all my sins which I have committed every day of my life, in thought, word of deed; in body and soul alike. I am heartily sorry that I have ever offended thee, and I sincerely repent; with tears I humbly pray thee, O Lord; of thy mercy forgive me all my past transgressions and absolve me from them. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to amend my way of life and to sin no more; that I may walk in the way of the righteous and offer praise and glory to the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Prayers to Christ
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Shepherd and lamb, You offered Your life on the cross to take away the sins of the world. You granted forgiveness to Peter and to the harlot who turned to You in tears. You forgave the debts of the two debtors and also said, "him who comes to me, I will not cast out." Lord, receive me a sinner, and hear my prayer of repentance. ( list your specific sins) I acknowledge my sins and transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, known and unknown. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to turn away from my sins and to amend my life according to Your teachings. Help me to walk in the way of the righteous and to offer praise to Your glorious name forever. Amen.
Sweet Jesus, my Lord and Master, through Your holy passion You have healed my evil passions, and through Your Sacred wounds You have cured my sinful wounds. grant me, who have greatly sinned against You, tears of compunction. Purify my body with the fragrance of Your life-giving Body, and sweeten my soul with Your sacred Blood, casting out the bitterness with which the adversary has fed me. Lift up my earthbound min to You and take me out of the pit of perdition. I have no sincere repentance, I have no true compunction, I have no consoling tears to lead me as a child of god to my spiritual inheritance. My mind has been darkened through worldly passions. I cannot look up to You in grieving remorse. I cannot warm myself with tears of love for You. But, Lord Jesus Christ, the treasury of blessings, grant me through repentance and a diligent heart to seek You. Grant me Your grace and renew in me the form of Your image. I have forsaken You; but, Lord, do not forsake me. Come out to seek me; lead me to Your pasture; number me among the sheep of Your chosen flock and nourish me with the food of Your sacred mysteries, through the intercessions of Your all-pure Mother and of all the Saints. Amen.
Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
Lord, deprive me not of Your heavenly and eternal blessings. Lord, deliver me from everlasting torments. Lord, if I have sinned in word or deed, in mind or spirit, forgive me. Lord, deliver me from all distress, ignorance, forgetfulness, laziness and stony hardness of heart. Lord, deliver me from all temptations and spiritual abandonment. Lord, enlighten my heart which has been darkened by evil desire. Lord, being human, I sin; but You, being God, have mercy on me. Lord, take heed of the weakness of my soul, and help me with Your grace, that Your holy name may be glorified in me. Lord, Jesus Christ, inscribe the name of Your servant in the book of life, granting me a blessed end. Lord, my God, I have done nothing good; yet by Your compassion help me to make a new beginning. Lord, refresh my heart with the dew of Your grace. Lord, God of heaven and earth, remember me, who am sinful, stretched, evil and impure, in Your kingdom, according to Your steadfast love. Lord, receive me in repentance and so not forsake me. Lord, put me not to the test. Lord, grant me good thoughts. Lord, grant me tears of repentance, remembrance of death and contrition. Lord, grant me sincere confession of my thoughts. Lord, grant me humility, deliverance from my own will and obedience. Lord, grant me patience, forbearance and meekness. Lord, implant in me your Holy fear, the source of all blessings. Lord, enable me to love You with all my soul, my mind and my heart; and my neighbor as myself. Lord, protect me from evil people and demons, from impure passions and all unseemly things. Lord, as you command; Lord, as You know all things; Lord, as You desire in Your goodness: let Your will be done in me. Lord, let Your will, not mine, be done, through the intercessions of the all-Holy Theotokos and of all the Saints, for You are blessed forever, Amen.
The Prayer of Manasseh
Lord, almighty, God of our fathers, of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and of their righteous posterity, You have made heaven and earth with all their adornment. You have bound the sea with Your word of command. You have confined the abyss and sealed it with Your fearful and glorious name. All things shudder and tremble before Your power. The magnificence of Your glory cannot be endured. The wrath of Your threat against sinners cannot be resisted. Yet immeasurable and unsearchable is Your promised mercy. For You are the Lord Most High, compassionate, long-suffering and merciful, turning away from the evils of people. You , Lord, according to the abundance of Your goodness, have promised repentance and forgiveness to those who have sinned against You; and in the multitude of your loving kindness You have appointed repentance for sinners unto salvation. Surely, Lord, god of the heavenly powers, You have not appointed repentance for the righteous, for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who did not sin against You; but You have appointed repentance for me a sinner. For the sins I have committed are more in number than the sand of the sea. My transgressions are multiplied, Lord, they are multiplied! I am unworthy to look up and see the height of heaven because of the multitude of my iniquities. I am weighed down with many evil bonds and cannot lift up my head because of my sins. I have no relief because I have provoked Your wrath and have done evil before You, not doing Your will, nor keeping your commandments, but setting up abominations and multiplying offences. And now, I bend the knee of my heart, beseeching your goodness. I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned and I know my transgressions. Do not be angry with me forever or store up evils for me; and do not condemn me to the depths of Hades. for You, Lord, are the God of those who repent, ant to me You will show Your goodness. Unworthy as I am, You will save me in Your great mercy and I will praise You continually all the days of my life. For all the powers of heaven sing your praises and Yours is the glory forever. Amen.
Prayers After Confession
O almighty and merciful god, I truly thank thee for the forgiveness of my sins; bless me, O Lord, and help me always, that I may ever do that I may ever do that which is pleasing thee, and sin no more. Amen.
O, Lord God of my salvation, the Savior and Benefactor of my soul, I am truly sorry for my every transgression and I firmly resolve never again to offend thee by my sins, and sincerely promise to amend my way of life. Implant in me the fear of thy blessed commandments, that I may trample down all carnal appetite and may lead a godly life, both thinking and doing always such things as are pleasing unto Thee. I pray thee, grant unto me the Grace of thy Holy Spirit, that thus strengthened, I may shun all evil deeds and works, and words and thoughts, and may avoid all snares of the Evil One. Shine in my heart with the true Sun of the Righteousness; enlighten my mind and guard all m senses, that walking uprightly in the way of thy statues, I may attain unto life eternal. Amen.