St. Therese Byzantine Catholic Church
4265 13th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713 + 727 323-4022
St. Petersburg, Florida
Prayers
Prayers

Sign of the Cross:

 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth! You are everywhere present and fill all things. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

Our Father:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

-For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen

The Angelic Salutation:

Hail, Mother of God, Virgin Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb; for you gave birth to Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

The Jesus Prayer: O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!

 Prayer of Repentance:  Remit, pardon and forgive, O God, our sins committed voluntarily and involuntarily, by word and deed, knowingly and in ignorance, by thought and purpose, by day and night; forgive all these for You are gracious and love mankind.

Prayer Before Meals: O Christ God, bless the food and drink of Your servants for You are holy always, now and ever, and forever. Amen.

Prayer For The Deceased:

O God of all spiritual and corporeal be­ings,
You trampled death, broke the power
of Satan and granted life to the whole world.

Now, O Lord, grant also rest to the soul of
Your departed servant N. in a place of light,
freshness, and peace, where there is no
pain, sorrow, or mourning.

As a gracious God and loving mankind, forgive him (her)
every transgression committed by him (her)
in word, deed, or thought, since there is no
man alive who has not sinned. You alone
are without sin and Your justice is everlast­ing
justice, and Your word is always the truth.

For You are the resurrection, the life and
the rest of Your departed servant N., O
Christ our God, and we render glory to You,
together with Your Eternal Father, and Your
most Holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit,
now and ever and forever. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (Great Lent)

Lord and Master of my life,
spare me from the spirit of indifference, despair,
lust for power, and idle chatter.

Instead, bestow on me, your servant,
the spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love.

Yes, O Lord and King, let me see my own sins
and not judge my brothers and sisters;
for you are blessed forever and ever. Amen.

BYZANTINE CATHOLIC GUIDE ON GOING TO CONFESSION

After making a good examination of con­science, go to the place where confes­sions are being heard, kneel down and make the Sign of the Cross, saying: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I confess to Almighty God, one in the Holy Trinity, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, all my sins.

While you are saying these prayers, the priest prays over you and blesses you saying:

"May Our Lord God Jesus Christ be in your heart and on your lips that you may worthily confess all your sins. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

Continue your confession by saying:

My last worthy confession was ______.

These are the sins I remember since then.

Now mention the sins you remember. In the case of serious or mortal sins, mention the number of times. After confessing the sins you remember, complete your confession by saying:

These are all the sins I remember, Father.

Now listen for any questions or instructions the priest may direct to you.

The priest may then ask you to arouse sorrow in your heart for the sins you committed and ask you to make a sincere act of contrition. You do this by saying:

For these and all my other sins which I cannot remember or call to mind, I am sorry that I have offended God and angered Him against me. I am sin­cerely repentant and promise, with the help of God, to better my life. For this I humbly ask of you, Father, salutary penance and absolution.

Listen to the penance the priest will assign to you, If you do not understand the penance, make mention of this to him.

While you are still kneeling there, the priest, by virtue of the power he received at his ordi­nation, will absolve you from all your sins by pronouncing the Prayer of Absolution over you. When he is through, he will dismiss you with the words: "Go in peace and sin no more."

You respond by saying: Thank you, Father.

It is a good practice to do your penance im­mediately after you leave the confessional. If you cannot do this, at least kneel down in the pew and thank God for His mercy.

O Lord I believe and profess that You are truly Christ the Son of the Living God who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Accept me todayas a partaker of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, for I will not reveal Your mystery to Your enemies nor will I  give you a kiss as did Judas, but like the thief I confess to You:

Remember me, O Lord, when You shall come into Your kingdom.

Remember me, O Master, when You shall come into Your kingdom.

Remember me, O Holy One, when You shall come into Your kingdom.

May the partaking of Your Holy mysteries, O Lord, be not for my judgement or condemnation, but for the healing of soul and body.

O Lord, I also believe and profess, that this, which I am about to receive,  is truly Your most precious body and Your life giving blood, which, I pray, make me worthy to receive for the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen.

O God, have mercy on me a sinner.

O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.

O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number.

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