Use this prayer before confession to help prepare your soul and mind.
Going to confession, regardless if we go regularly or if we have not been in a long time, can cause us some anxiety. The sacrament of reconciliation is an act that asks us to frequently humble ourselves and can be a daunting task.
It can be scary, but don’t be afraid! Going to confession is a brave and honorable thing to do, and is a gift that can bring so much grace and peace to the confessor.
If you have some anxiety around confession, that’s ok. Remember you are not alone.
Below is a useful prayer that you can pray before confession.
This prayer is a petition to St. Joseph, the strong protector, to ask for his help. When you pray this prayer, he will help prepare your mind and heart for confession.
A great practice is to get to the Church a few minutes before the confession time starts, find an empty pew, and pray this prayer to Saint Joseph. Then spend a few minutes getting ready for your confession.
There is also a link below to download a PDF version of this prayer to take along with you.
A Prayer to Saint Joseph to prepare for Confession
Receive my confession, O most loving and gracious Lord Jesus Christ, only hope for the salvation of my soul. Grant to me true contrition of soul, so that day and night I may by penance make satisfaction for my many sins. Savior of the world, O good Jesus, Who gave Yourself to the death of the Cross to save sinners, look upon me, most wretched of all sinners; have pity on me, and give me the light to know my sins, true sorrow for them, and a firm purpose of never committing them again. O gracious Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of Jesus, I implore you to obtain for me by your powerful intercession these graces from your Divine Son. St. Joseph, pray for me.
Printable PDF - St Joseph’s Prayer before Confession
Another great practice would be to get to the Church with enough time to pray the Rosary.
This powerful prayer will help prepare your soul for the great sacrament of Reconciliation.
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