• Latin: I confess


A general confession of sins in the form of prayer. It is part of the introductory prayers of Mass, is said at Prime and Compline, before Holy Communion and Extreme Unction, before the Apostolic blessing given to a dying person, before confession, at the ceremony for publication of indulgences, and also in private devotions.

I confess to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary ever Virgin, to Blessed Michael the Archangel, to Blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Thereore I beseech Mary ever Virgin, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

May Almighty God have mercy upon us, and forgive us our sins, and bring us unto life everlasting. Amen.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, + absolution, and remission of our sins.


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Confiteor”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 March 2020. Web. 25 September 2021. <>