Common Worship texts

    Authorized Forms of
    Confession and Absolution
     
    The forms of confession in the Order of Holy Communion and Morning and Evening Prayer in The Book of Common Prayermay be used on any occasion. These or one of the forms in the services in Common Worship should normally be used.
     
    It may sometimes be helpful to vary the form on particular occasions, in which case one of the confessions and absolutions which follow should be used. If possible, an absolution should be chosen which reflects the style, in language and length, of the confession. 'Us' and 'our' are said by those who are not ordained priest: words in italics indicate the points where changes may be necessary.
     
  Confessions
     
    Incarnation, Christmas  
     
    Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts. In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.
     
    Silence is kept.
     
    Lord of grace and truth,
    we confess our unworthiness
    to stand in your presence as your children.
    We have sinned:
All
  forgive and heal us.
     
    The Virgin Mary accepted your call
    to be the mother of Jesus.
    Forgive our disobedience to your will.
    We have sinned:
All
  forgive and heal us.
     
    Your Son our Saviour
    was born in poverty in a manger.
    Forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.
    We have sinned:
All
  forgive and heal us.
     
    The shepherds left their flocks
    to go to Bethlehem.
    Forgive our self-interest and lack of vision.
    We have sinned:
All
  forgive and heal us.
     
    The wise men followed the star
    to find Jesus the King.
    Forgive our reluctance to seek you.
    We have sinned:
All
  forgive and heal us.
     
    Lent, Penitence  
     
    Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us.
     
All
  Lord God,
    we have sinned against you;
    we have done evil in your sight.
    We are sorry and repent.
    Have mercy on us according to your love.
    Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
    Renew a right spirit within us
    and restore us to the joy of your salvation,
   

through Jesus Christ our Lord.        

    Amen.
   
cf Psalm 51
     
    Cross, Failure in Discipleship  
     
    Lord Jesus Christ,
    we confess we have failed you as did your first disciples.
    We ask for your mercy and your help.
     
    Our selfishness betrays you:
    Lord, forgive us.
All 
  Christ have mercy.
     
    We fail to share the pain of your suffering:
    Lord, forgive us.
All 
  Christ have mercy.
     
    We run away from those who abuse you:
    Lord, forgive us.
All 
  Christ have mercy.
     
    We are afraid of being known to belong to you:
    Lord, forgive us.
All 
  Christ have mercy.
     
    Resurrection, Heaven, Glory,  
    Transfiguration, Death, Funerals  
     
    Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,
    we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
    and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.
     
    We have lived by our own strength,
    and not by the power of your resurrection.
    In your mercy, forgive us.
All 
  Lord, hear us and help us.
     
    We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
    as faithless and not believing.
    In your mercy, forgive us.
All 
  Lord, hear us and help us.
     
    We have lived for this world alone,
    and doubted our home in heaven.
    In your mercy, forgive us.
All 
  Lord, hear us and help us.
     
    Trinity, Mission  
     
All 
  O King enthroned on high,
    filling the earth with your glory:
    holy is your name,
    Lord God almighty.
    In our sinfulness we cry to you
    to take our guilt away,
    and to cleanse our lips to speak your word,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
    Amen.
     
    Creation, Harvest  
     
    We confess our sin, and the sins of our society,
    in the misuse of God's creation.
     
    God our Father, we are sorry
    for the times when we have used your gifts carelessly,
    and acted ungratefully.
    Hear our prayer, and in your mercy:
All 
  forgive us and help us.
     
    We enjoy the fruits of the harvest,
    but sometimes forget that you have given them to us.
    Father, in your mercy:
All 
  forgive us and help us.
     
    We belong to a people who are full and satisfied,
    but ignore the cry of the hungry.
    Father, in your mercy:
All 
  forgive us and help us.
     
    We are thoughtless,
    and do not care enough for the world you have made.
    Father, in your mercy:
All 
  forgive us and help us.
     
    We store up goods for ourselves alone,
    as if there were no God and no heaven.
    Father, in your mercy:
All 
  forgive us and help us.
     
    City, World and Society  
     
    Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,
    this is your world and we are your people:
    come among us and save us.
     
    We have wilfully misused your gifts of creation;
    Lord, be merciful:
All 
  forgive us our sin.
     
    We have seen the ill-treatment of others
    and have not gone to their aid;
    Lord, be merciful:
All 
  forgive us our sin.
     
    We have condoned evil and dishonesty
    and failed to strive for justice;
    Lord, be merciful:
All 
  forgive us our sin.
     
    We have heard the good news of Christ,
    but have failed to share it with others;
    Lord, be merciful:
All 
  forgive us our sin.
     
    We have not loved you with all our heart,
    nor our neighbours as ourselves;
    Lord, be merciful:
All 
  forgive us our sin.
     
    Reconciliation  
     
    Let us return to the Lord our God and say to him:
     
All 
  Father,
    we have sinned against heaven and against you.
    We are not worthy to be called your children.
    We turn to you again.
    Have mercy on us,
    bring us back to yourself
    as those who once were dead
    but now have life through Christ our Lord.          
   
Amen.
   
cf Luke 15
     
    Love, Peace  
     
    Come, let us return to the Lord and say:
     
All 
  Lord our God,
    in our sin we have avoided your call.
    Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
    like the dew that goes away early.
    Have mercy on us;
    deliver us from judgement;
    bind up our wounds and revive us;
    in Jesus Christ our Lord.          
    Amen.
   
cf Hosea 6
     
    General  
     
    God our Father,
     
    we come to you in sorrow for our sins.
    For turning away from you,
    and ignoring your will for our lives;
    Father, forgive us:
All 
  save us and help us.
     
    For behaving just as we wish,
    without thinking of you;
    Father, forgive us:
All 
  save us and help us.
     
    For failing you by what we do,
    and think and say;
    Father, forgive us:
All 
  save us and help us.
     
    For letting ourselves be drawn away from you
    by temptations in the world about us;
    Father, forgive us:
All 
  save us and help us.
     
    For living as if we were ashamed
    to belong to your Son;
    Father, forgive us:
All 
  save us and help us.
     
    General  
     
All 
  God our Father,
    long-suffering, full of grace and truth,
    you create us from nothing and give us life.
    You give your faithful people new life in the water of baptism.
    You do not turn your face from us,
    nor cast us aside.
    We confess that we have sinned
    against you and our neighbour.
    We have wounded your love and marred your image in us.
    Restore us for the sake of your Son,
    and bring us to heavenly joy,
    in Jesus Christ our Lord. 
    Amen.
     
    General  
     
All 
  Almighty and most merciful Father,
    we have wandered and strayed from your ways
        like lost sheep.
    We have followed too much the devices and desires
        of our own hearts.
    We have offended against your holy laws.
    We have left undone those things
        that we ought to have done;
    and we have done those things
        that we ought not to have done;
    and there is no health in us.
    But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us sinners.
    Spare those who confess their faults.
    Restore those who are penitent,
    according to your promises declared to mankind
        in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
    that we may live a disciplined, righteous and godly life,
    to the glory of your holy name. 
    Amen.
     
    General  
     
All 
  Almighty God,
    Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    maker of all things, judge of all people,
    we acknowledge and confess
        the grievous sins and wickedness
    which we have so often committed
    by thought, word and deed
    against your divine majesty,
    provoking most justly your anger
        and indignation against us.
    We earnestly repent,
    and are deeply sorry for these our wrongdoings;
    the memory of them weighs us down,
    the burden of them is too great for us to bear.
    Have mercy upon us,
    have mercy upon us, most merciful Father,
    for your Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake,
    forgive us all that is past;
    and grant that from this time onwards
    we may always serve and please you
        in newness of life,
    to the honour and glory of your name,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
    Amen.
     
    General  
     
    Man born of woman has but a short time to live.
    We have our fill of sorrow.
    We blossom like a flower and wither away.
    We slip away like a shadow and do not stay.
All 
  Holy God,
    holy and strong,
    holy and immortal,
    have mercy upon us.
     
    In the midst of life we are in death;
    where can we turn for help?
    Only to you, Lord,
    who are justly angered by our sins.
All
  Holy God,
    holy and strong,
    holy and immortal,
    have mercy upon us.
     
    Shut not your ears to our prayers,
    but spare us, O Lord.
All 
  Holy God,
    holy and strong,
    holy and immortal,
    have mercy upon us.
     
    You know the secrets of our hearts;
    forgive us our sins.
All 
  Holy God,
    holy and strong,
    holy and immortal,
    have mercy upon us.
     
    Eternal and merciful judge,
    both in life and when we come to die,
    let us not fall away from you.
All 
  Holy God,
    holy and mighty,
    holy and merciful Saviour,
    do not abandon us to the bitterness of eternal death.
     
    or Those born of women have but a short time to live.
     
    General  
     
All 
  Almighty God,
    long-suffering and of great goodness:
    I confess to you,
    I confess with my whole heart
    my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,
    my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;
    the hurts I have done to others,
    and the good I have left undone.
    O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;
    and raise me to newness of life;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
    Amen.
     
    General  
     
All 
  My God, for love of you
    I desire to hate and forsake all sins
    by which I have ever displeased you;
    and I resolve by the help of your grace
    to commit them no more;
    and to avoid all opportunities of sin.
    Help me to do this,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
    Amen.
     
     
  Kyrie Confessions
     
    Short sentences may be inserted between the petitions of the Kyrie, suitable for particular seasons or themes. The insertion of such sentences may replace any form of confession, provided that the sentences are of a penitential character and are followed by an authorized form of absolution. Some examples follow (see also here).
     
    Spirit  
     
    You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
    Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
    Christ, have mercy.
All 
  Christ, have mercy.
     
    You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:
    Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    Word  
     
    May your loving mercy come to me, O Lord,
    and your salvation according to your word:
    Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light to my path:
    Christ, have mercy.
All 
  Christ, have mercy.
     
    O let your mercy come to me that I may live,
    for your law is my delight:
    Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    World  
     
    God be gracious to us and bless us,
    and make your face shine upon us:
    Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    May your ways be known on the earth,
    your saving power among the nations:
    Christ, have mercy.
All 
  Christ, have mercy.
     
    You, Lord, have made known your salvation,
    and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:
    Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    City  
     
    Lord Jesus, you wept over the sins of your city.
    On our city: Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
    Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division,
         jealousy and bitterness.
    On us: Christ, have mercy.
All 
  Christ, have mercy.
     
    Lord Jesus, you bring pardon and peace to the sinner.
    Grant us peace: Lord, have mercy.
All 
  Lord, have mercy.
     
     
  Absolutions
     
    May the God of all healing and forgiveness
    draw us to himself,
    and cleanse us from all our sins
    that we may behold the glory of his Son,
    the Word made flesh,
    Jesus Christ our Lord.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May almighty God,
    who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,
    bring you his pardon and peace, now and for ever.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May the Father of all mercies
    cleanse us from our sins,
    and restore us in his image
    to the praise and glory of his name,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May the God of love and power
    forgive you and free you from your sins,
    heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
    and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May the Father forgive us
    by the death of his Son
    and strengthen us
    to live in the power of the Spirit
    all our days.
All 
  Amen.
     
    The Lord enrich you with his grace,
    and nourish you with his blessing;
    the Lord defend you in trouble and keep you from all evil;
    the Lord accept your prayers,
    and absolve you from your offences,
    for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May God who loved the world so much
    that he sent his Son to be our Saviour
    forgive us our sins
    and make us holy to serve him in the world,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May God our Father forgive us our sins,
    and bring us to the fellowship of his table
    with his saints for ever.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May the God of love
    bring us back to himself,
    forgive us our sins,
    and assure us of his eternal love
    in Jesus Christ our Lord.
All 
  Amen.
     
    The almighty and merciful Lord
    grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins,
    time for amendment of life,
    and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.
All 
  Amen.
     
    Almighty God,
    who in Jesus Christ has given us
    a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,
    forgive us our sins,
    open our eyes to God's truth,
    strengthen us to do God's will
    and give us the joy of his kingdom,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All 
  Amen.
     
    May almighty God have mercy on us,
    forgive us our sins,
    and bring us to everlasting life,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All 
  Amen.
     
    God, the Father of mercies,
    has reconciled the world to himself
    through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ,
    not counting our trespasses against us,
    but sending his Holy Spirit
    to shed abroad his love among us.
    By the ministry of reconciliation
    entrusted by Christ to his Church,
    receive his pardon and peace
    to stand before him in his strength alone,
    this day and evermore.
All 
  Amen.