Then confess your sins to someone who loves God and follows Him with all their heart (a righteous person). Many people choose to confess to a priest – it is confidential and they will pray for you as the Scripture says (a Confession Prayer).
The Sacrament of Reconciliation- Confession
Prior to going to confession, focus your mind on the sins that you have committed since your last confession. Express your deep sorrow to God for your sins and pray for forgiveness.
When the priest is available to hear your confession, enter the confessional room. There will be a screen separating you from the priest in this room. You can either sit face-to-face with the priest who will be on the other side of the screen, or kneel before him.
Begin your confession by making the sign of the cross:
"In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit"
Begin your confession by saying:
"Bless me Father for I have sinned".
You will then state the length of time that has passed since your last confession:
"It has been two weeks (days, months, years) since my last confession"
The priest will then ask you to proceed with stating your sins. If you have committed any mortal sins, state these first followed by any venial sins. Once you have finished stating all of your sins to the priest, express your sorrow for the sins you have committed. "I am sorry for these sins and all the sins that I have previously committed".
The priest will then proceed to assign you your penance.
Completing your penance will absolve you of your sins. Quite often, you will be requested to say an Act of Contrition followed by your assigned penance.
Act of Contrition:
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.
At the conclusion of your confession, the priest will absolve you of your sins and will speak of the sacramental forgiveness of the Church. Once the priest has finished speaking, you can proceed to make the sign of the cross and say "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen."
Proceed to a pew in the Church, kneel and give thanks to God for forgiving you of your sins. Proceed to say your penance the priest has assigned with sincerity and gratitude.
Before leaving the Church give thanks again and make a conscience effort to return to confession regularly.