LOL I don't believe in confession so I don't think about it much. But I think all you have to do is go in and say "forgive me Father for I have sinned its be X days since my last confession". I don't remember doing much else other than feeling really awkward as a kid trying to think of things to confess...like stealing my brothers toy or something.
:DYeah, that's basically it. That much I remember but I've forgotten the words for the Act of Contrition at the end!
I think it isMy God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against you whom I love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do my penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Or as I called it as a child the "I'm sorry" prayer
That one is so much easier than the version they taught us. I found a copy of it: O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishment, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.Why can't we just go in and then at the end go: Dear God, My bad.
Oh thats the new one. The church switched to some new translations that are more literally accurate. But they sound awful. I believe you can use either translation.And yes Dear God, My Bad would be so much easier
Yeah, I've got to adjust to the new liturgy since I haven't been since they changed it. They've thrown off my rhythm!
I personally can't stand the new translations. They don't sound good. They're choppy and not poetic. And really hard to say because of that. I guess its better than Latin which they also talked about doing though.
Just watch maybe new Pope will change it back lol
*laughs* Or maybe he'll move us toward Latin.
Oh I hope not. I dunno how you all would handle that lol
There would be a lot of mouthing along without actually saying anything.
I've never learned how!
The confession isn't *actually* hard, except for the mental/pride part. It's mostly just remembering the words, since there are certain prayers that are used at the beginning and at the end. And then, of course, there's the penance which is usually a certain number of prayers - Hail Mary's or Our Fathers. Sometimes there are acts that you have to do too, volunteering, etc. depending on the nature of the sins that you confess.