Prayer of the Penitent

      My God,
      I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
      In choosing to do wrong
      and failing to do good,
      I have sinned against you
      whom I should love above all things.
      I firmly intend, with your help
      to do penance,
      to sin no more,
      and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
      Our Savior Jesus Christ
      suffered and died for us.
      In his name, my God, have mercy.
      Remember, Lord, your compassion and mercy
      which you showed long ago.
      Do not recall the sins and failings of my youth.
      In your mercy remember me, Lord, because of your goodness.
                                                              Psalm 24:6-7

      Father of mercy,
      like the prodigal son
      I return to you and say:
      "I have sinned against you
      and am no longer worthy to be called your son."
      Christ Jesus, Savior of the world,
      I pray with the repentant thief
      to whom you promised Paradise:
      "Lord, remember me in your kingdom."
      Holy Spirit, fountain of love,
      I call on you with trust:
      "Purify my heart,
      and help me to walk as a child of light."
       Lord Jesus,
      you opened the eyes of the blind,
      healed the sick,
      forgave the sinful woman,
      and after Peter's denial confirmed him in your love.
      Listen to my prayer:
      forgive all my sins,
      renew your love in my heart,
      help me to live in perfect unity with my fellow Christians
      that I may proclaim your saving power to all the world.
       Lord Jesus, Son of God,
      have mercy on me, a sinner.

       Prayer of the Penitent, The Rite of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
      (New York , NY: Catholic Book Publishing Co. 1975) p.37-39.