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Lord have mercy. I confess. Origins of this prayer. A general confession of sin Preparatory prayer used by the priest just before Mass 12 th Century – used by everyone at the beginning of Mass. Preparing ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

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origins of this prayer
Origins of this prayer
  • A general confession of sin
  • Preparatory prayer used by the priest just before Mass
  • 12th Century – used by everyone at the beginning of Mass
preparing ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries
Preparing ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries
  • When we come into the awesome presence of God we become aware of who we are
  • Sinners in need of God’s mercy
  • In the ‘I confess’ we publicly acknowledge this fact
owning up
Owning up
  • In the ‘I confess’ we admit our own personal responsibility
  • We remind ourselves of the many ways that we sin
  • Thoughts that lead to
  • Words that lead to
  • Deeds
  • What we have done
  • We have failed to do
closer to the latin
Closer to the Latin
  • through my fault
  • through my fault
  • through my most grievous fault
  • mea culpa
  • mea culpa
  • mea maxima culpa

This is a ritualised poetic way to emphasise our awareness of sinfulness

It expresses the sincerity of our contrition

modern blame culture
Modern blame culture
  • When I say ‘I confess’ I take responsibility
  • Our modern culture looks for others to blame....
  • Think of examples of this
  • In owning up we realise and acknowledge that we need to change
  • This is the basis of conversion of heart or metanoia
hardness of heart
Hardness of heart
  • When we refuse to look at ourselves
  • When we do not own up
  • When we think we have done no wrong
  • This is called hardness of heart
  • The opposite of hardness of heart
  • Is humility
  • A word which comes from the same root as humus –earthed
  • Humility is about standing in the truth of who I am
a request for prayer
A request for prayer
  • It is out of the awareness of our need that we ask
  • God
  • Mary
  • The Angels and Saints

To pray for us to the Lord our God

Our sin affects everybody

words of absolution
Words of absolution
  • May almighty God have mercy on us
  • forgive us our sins
  • and bring us to everlasting life.
  • The priest says these words for all of us and himself
  • These words impart the forgiveness of God
  • Just as when we pray any act of sorrow
origins of lord have mercy
Origins of ‘Lord have mercy’
  • Began as a litany fifteen hundred years ago
  • Everyone would be invited to pray for an intention
  • This could be quite long
  • Developed into
  • 3 Kyrie eleisons
  • 3 Christe eleisons
  • 3 Kyrie eleisons
  • addressed to the Trinity
reflection
Reflection
  • How does this prayer link into your pattern of daily prayer?
  • Why is this a prayer to be used regularly in the season of Lent?
  • How will you feel as you say the new phrases of the revised text?