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  • Prayer of confession to God

Sin comes from the German word sunde, in English, sunder which means to separate, to tear apart. Sin, in Christian teaching separates us from God. One confesses to God, who hears your prayers in secret. One makes amends in order to restore that relationship with God and return to the embrace of God in love.

  • Prayer of contrition to God

Contrition is a element of penance in some communions. The teaching is that perfect contrition arises from the love of God above all other motives like the fear of punishment. Penance or confession is the reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace.

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