Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Catechism of the Day

Pray, give me a brief form of Confession.

Say to the Confessor,

Reverend and dear Sir,
I beseech you to hear my confession,
and pronounce forgiveness to me, for God’s sake.

Proceed!

I, a poor sinner, confess myself before God
guilty of all sins.

Especially do I confess before you that I am
a servant, etc.,
but, alas! I serve my master unfaithfully;
for in this and in that I have not done what they commanded me;
I have provoked them to anger and profane words,
have been negligent and have not prevented injury,
have been immodest in words and deeds,
have quarreled with my equals,
have murmured and used profane words against my mistress, etc.
For all this I am sorry, and implore grace;

I promise amendment.

A master or mistress may say:

Especially do I confess before you
that I have not faithfully trained my children
and household to the glory of God;
I have used profane language,
set a bad example
by indecent words and deeds,
have done my neighbor harm and spoken evil of him,
have overcharged
and given false ware and short measure;

And whatever else he has done against God’s Commandments
and his station, etc.

But if anyone does not find himself burdened
with such or greater sins,
he should not trouble himself on that account,
nor seek or invent other sins,
and thus make confession a torture,
but simply make one or two that you know, after this manner:

Especially do I confess that I have once been profane;

I have once used improper words;
I have once neglected this or that, etc.

Let that suffice.

But if you are conscious of none at all,
which, however, is scarcely possible,
then mention none in particular,
but receive absolution upon the General Confession
which you make before God to the confessor.

Then shall the Confessor say:

God be merciful to thee, and strengthen thy faith.

Respond: Amen.

Furthermore:

Dost thou believe that my forgiveness is God’s forgiveness?

Yes. I believe it.

Then shall he say:

Be it unto thee as thou believest.

And I, by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ,
forgive thee thy sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost.

Respond: Amen.

Depart in peace.

Those, however, whose conscience is heavily burdened,
or who are troubled and tempted,
the confessor will know how to comfort and incite to faith
with more passages of Scripture.

This is designed merely to be a general form of Confession
for the unlearned.

Brevis Forma Confessionis pro Rudioribus.

In hunc modum alloqui debes ministrum verbi,

Reverende et dilecte domine,
rogo te, ut confessionem meam audias
et mihi propter Deum remissionem annunties.

Dicas.

Miser ego peccator confiteor coram Deo me
omnium peccatorum reum esse;
imprimis confiteor coram te, me quidem servum,
ancillam, et cetera esse,
sed infideliter servire domino meo;
non enim feci, non facio, quae mihi iniungit,
irritavi et ad maledicendum commovi
dominum vel dominam meam, multa neglexi et damno causam praebui et cetera,
in verbis et factis petulantem me praebui,
impatiens fui, obstrepui et cetera,

Ideo, doleo, gratiam imploro,
emendationem promitto.

Herus aut hera sic dicant:

Imprimis confiteor coram te,
me non diligentem fuisse in fideli educatione
et institutione liberorum et familiae ad gloriam Dei,
blasphemavi, nomine Dei abusus sum,
malum exemplum
prava loquens et faciens praebui,
vicinos laesi, multis obtrectavi,
pondera et mensuras violavi,
decepi proximum vendendo merces et cetera.

Et si quid aliud contra praecepta Dei in cuiusque
vocatione occurrit et cetera.

Si vero quis non sentit se onerari talibus
aut gravioribus peccatis,
is non sit solicitus,
nec quaerat aut fingat peccata,
nec ex confessione carnificinam faciat sed unum
atque alterum peccatum sibi notum recitet, ut:

Imprimis confiteor me abusum esse nomine divino,

verbis impudicis usum,
hoc vel illud neglexisse et cetera.

Sic sane quiescat animus.

Si vero plane nullius tibi conscius es
(quod propemodum impossibile est),
nullum etiam in specie recites,
sed accipias remissionem, facta generali confessione,
quam coram Deo ad ministrum pronuntias.

Respondeat autem minister:

Deus tibi sit propitius et confirmet fidem tuam.

Responde Amen.

Interroget etiam confitentem:

Num meam remissionem credis esse Dei remissionem?

Ita, dilecte domine.

Affirmanti et credenti porro dicat:

Fiat tibi, sicut credis.

Et ego ex mandato Domini nostri Iesu Christi
remitto tibi tua peccata in Nomine Patris, Filii,
et Spiritus Sancti.

Responde: Amen.

Vade in pace!

Qui vero conscientias habent afflictas,
tentatas, moestas,
eos minister pluribus sententiis Scripturae facientibus ad fide incrementum consolabitur.

Haec, quam commemoravimus, tantum est puerilis
et communis forma confessionis pro simplicioribus et rudioribus.

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