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Confession of Sins, with a Prayer for Contrition and Pardon

MOST merciful God, who art of purer eyes than to  behold iniquity, and hast promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; We come before thee in an humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgressions of thy righteous laws.*

But, O gracious Father, who desirest not the death of a sinner, look upon us, we beseech thee, in mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions.  Make us deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in us an hearty contrition; that we may obtain forgiveness at thy hands, who art ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer.  Amen.

* Here let him who reads make a short pause, that every one may secretly confess the sins and failings of that day.

From the Book of Common Prayer of the Reformed Episcopal Church