Contents Oratio Ante Confessionem Sacramentalem
Prayer before Sacramental Confession
SUSCIPE confessionem meam, piissime ac clementissime Domine Iesu Christe, unica spes salutis animae meae, et da mihi, obsecro, contritionem cordis et lacrimas oculis meis, ut defleam diebus ac noctibus omnes neglegentias meas cum humilitate et puritate cordis. RECEIVE my confession, o most compassionate and clement Lord Jesus Christ, my soul's only hope of salvation. Grant me, I beseech Thee, contrition of heart and tears for my eyes, so that I may weep day and night with humility and purity of heart for all my shortcomings.
Appropinquet oratio mea in conspectu tuo, Domine. Si iratus fueris contra me, quem adiutorem quaeram? Quis miserebitur iniquitatibus meis? Memento mei, Domine, qui Cananaeam et Publicanum vocasti ad paenitentiam, et Petrum lacrimantem suscepisti. Domine, Deus meus, suscipe preces meas. Let my prayer come before Thee, O Lord. If Thy anger hast turned against me, whom shall I seek to help me? Who will have mercy on my iniquities? Remember me, O Lord, Thou who calledst the Canaanite woman and the Publican to repentance, and accepted Peter's tears. O Lord, my God, accept my prayers.
Salvator mundi, Iesu bone, qui te crucis morti dedisti, ut peccatores salvos faceres, respice me miserum peccatorem, invocantem nomen tuum, et noli sic attendere malum meum ut obliviscaris bonum tuum. Et si commisi unde me damnare potes, tu non amisisti unde salvare soles. Savior of the world, good Jesus, who gavest Thyself over to death on the Cross to save sinners, look upon me, a wretched sinner invoking Thy Name, and do not regard my wickedness such wise as to forget Thy goodness; and thus if I have done that which deserves condemnation, Thou hast not lost that whereby Thou art wont to save.
Parce ergo mihi, qui es Salvator meus, et miserere peccatrici animae meae. Solve vincula eius, sana vulnera. Domine Iesu, te desidero, te quaero, te volo: ostende mihi faciem tuam et salvus ero. Spare me, therefore, Thou who art my Savior, and have mercy upon my sinful soul. Loose its bonds and heal its wounds. O Lord Jesus, I desire Thee, I seek Thee, I want Thee, show me Thy face and I shall be saved.
Emitte igitur, piissime Domine, meritis purissimae et immaculatae semper Virginis Genetricis tuae Mariae, et Sanctorum tuorum, lucem tuam et veritatem tuam in animam meam, quae omnes defectus meos in veritate mihi ostendat, quos confiteri me oportet, atque iuvet et doceat ipsos plene et contrito corde explicare. Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen. Therefore, o most gracious Lord, by the merits of Thy most pure, immaculate, and ever-virgin mother Mary and all Thy Saints, send forth Thy light and Thy truth into my soul. May it show me all my shortcomings in truth which I am bound to confess, and also may it aid and teach me to reveal them fully with a contrite heart. Thou who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

From the Paradisus Animae, 1670 &; the Roman Sacramentary. Tr. MWM.

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