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Actus Contritionis

The Act of Contrition in Latin


The Actus Contritionis, or Act ofContrition in English, is a prayer from the Catholic tradition that expresses sorrow, or contrition, for one's sins. It is a popular prayer for use in personal devotion and is sometimes used (with modification) in the sacrament of confession.

an altar with Jesus and Mary

Actus Contritionis
Deus meus,
ex toto corde paenitet me
omnium meorum peccatorum,
eaque detestor, quia peccando,
non solum poenas a Te iuste
statutas promeritus sum,
sed praesertim quia offendi Te,
summum bonum,
ac dignum qui superomnia diligaris.
Ideo firmiter propono,
adiuvante gratia Tua,
de cetero me non peccaturum peccandique
occasiones proximas fugiturum. Amen.




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