Act of Contrition

Information about this penitential prayer

The Act of Contrition is a prayer from the Catholic tradition expressing sorrow for one's sins and spiritual shortcomings. It's a popular prayer for use in personal devotion and is sometimes used in the sacrament of confession. In Latin it is called the Actus Contritionis. Many people say it nightly as a way to end the day with a clean conscience. There are many different versions of this prayer. 

an altar with Jesus and Mary


Act of Contrition

O my God,

I am heartily sorry for having offended You.

I detest all my sins because of your just punishment,

But most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.


Updated 8-13-2018