Of all the magnificent prayers at Mass, the Confiteor is one of my favorites, and it comes at just the right moment: the beginning of Mass. It is deeply powerful, sincere, searching, and human. “I confess to Almighty God,” screams, “I am NOTHING! Help me God! And everyone else help me too!” We exclaim it at the beginning of Mass to prepare ourselves for what is about to take place, much like a humble and respectful guest removes his dirty shoes when he enters someone’s beautiful home.
Here is the Confiteor:
I confess to Almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask Blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.