Additional Liturgical Resources
An Optional Penitential Order
For use at the beginning of the Liturgy, or as a separate service.
A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.
The people standing, the Celebrant says
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
In Lent and on other penitential occasions
Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins.
For Gods’ mercy endureth for ever.
When used as a separate service, the Exhortation, may be read, or a homily preached.
The Decalogue may be said, the people kneeling.
The Celebrant may read one of the following sentences
Jesus said, “The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29 31
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8,9
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14,16
The Deacon or Celebrant then says
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Silence may be kept.
Minister and People
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against thee in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved thee with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in thy will, and walk in thy ways,
to the glory of thy Name. Amen.
The Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you
in eternal life. Amen.
A deacon or lay person using the preceding form substitutes “us” for “you” and
“our” for “your.”
When this Order is used at the beginning of the Liturgy, the service continues with
the Gloria in excelsis, the Kyrie eleison, or the Trisagion.
When used separately, it concludes with suitable prayers, and the Grace or a blessing.