Prayer of the Penitent

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My God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.

I firmly intend, with your help
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.

In his name, my God, have mercy.

Remember, Lord, your compassion and mercy
which you showed long ago.
Do not recall the sins and failings of my youth.

In your mercy remember me, Lord, because of your goodness.
(Psalm 24:6-7)

Father of mercy,
like the prodigal son
I return to you and say:
“I have sinned against you
and am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

Christ Jesus, Savior of the world,
I pray with the repentant thief
to whom you promised Paradise:
“Lord, remember me in your kingdom.”

Holy Spirit, fountain of love,
I call on you with trust:
“Purify my heart,
and help me to walk as a child of light.”

Lord Jesus,
you opened the eyes of the blind,
healed the sick,
forgave the sinful woman,
and after Peter’s denial confirmed him in your love.

Listen to my prayer:
forgive all my sins,
renew your love in my heart,
help me to live in perfect unity with my fellow Christians
that I may proclaim your saving power to all the world.

Lord Jesus, Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

Prayer of the Penitent, The Rite of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (New York , NY: Catholic Book Publishing Co. 1975) p.37-39.


aye hamare baap: The Lord’s Prayer

4 Comments to “Prayer of the Penitent”

  1. Christians are the second largest religious minority community in Pakistan after Hindus. The total number of Christians in Pakistan is approximately 2,800,000 in 2008, or 1.6% of the population. Of these, approximately half are Roman Catholic and half Protestant.

    There also is a sizeable minority of the New Apostolic Church.

    Province Christians
    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 0.21% 42,452
    FATA 0.07% 2,223
    Punjab 2.31% 1,878,735
    Sindh 0.97% 344,065
    Balochistan 0.40% 31,200
    Islamabad 4.07% 38,894

  2. @Thanks Abdul for posting prayer of the Penitent, I humbly submit an alternate point of view, it is well know that the Christians have their reservations about such a census and government’s statistics, Christians themselves insist that they constitute at least 6% of the total, predominantly Muslim population, of 160 million people, they feel that the state adopted measures to hide the true figures of Christians in Pakistan to avoid their due share in the state resources. In 1971, when East Pakistan emerged as new state of Bangladesh, the majority wing of Muslim population in Pakistan, the population percentage of Christians raised up to 10 % of population of Pakistan.

  3. @Junaid

    Thanks for providing the alternative view. There is very much a possibility that the current official census data are skewed in favour of certain religion and ethnic groups.

  4. @Abdul,

    It’s my pleasure, lamentably the current official statistics twisted and curved in favour of one certain religious sect, even Shiite Muslims and other minorities groups have reservation on it. I’ve mentioned this issue in my book “Pakistani Iqlition Ka Noha”.

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