The Confiteor is a Catholic prayer in which the person saying the prayer confesses to God and the saints that he has sinned and asks the saints for intercession.
Note: In the revised rites following Vatican II, the prayer is said in a shortened form.
Confiteor Old Version (Traditional ) I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints and to you, brothers (and to you Father), that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word and deed: through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers (and you Father), to pray to the Lord our God for me. Amen.
I confess to almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what
I have failed to do.
Therefore I ask the blessed Mary,
ever virgin, all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord, our God.
What is the proper way to make a profound bow?
Bow at the waist in the manner of the Japanese (about 30o forward.)
Any time the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, to show adoration and humility.
During the consecration of the Eucharist.
During Confession (If one is Eastern Catholic)
During private prayer.
When are we supposed to kneel with the left knee?
When greeting or leaving the Pope or other hierarchs with the rank of Bishop or above and who have jurisdiction over you (only when the Pope is not present) -- e.g., to the Bishop or Archbishop of your diocese, not of a neighboring diocese.
During the left-knee genuflection, a kiss is given to the hierarch's ring. Then stand.
When are we supposed to kneel with the right knee?
Genuflect toward the Tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.
Make a genuflection each time you pass in front of the tabernacle. (except when you're in procession, such as standing in line for Communion, or returning to your seat afterward).
Remind yourself when genuflecting toward the Tabernacle that you are kneeling before God. Praying mentally, "My Lord and My God"
Describing the custom of exchanging the greeting of peace at Mass St. Augustine in the 4th century says, "After the Lord's Prayer, say 'Peace be with you.' Christians then embrace one another with a holy kiss. This is the sign of peace."
In the primitive church at Rome and in the Eastern Church , the kiss of peace was offered after the first part of the Mass and before the Eucharistic Prayer. Early baptismal documents also indicate that the exchange of peace was reserved only for the 'faithful,' and so catechumens were dismissed before the Prayer of the Faithful, which was followed by the Kiss of Peace.
In the Western Church the sign of peace was moved quite early to where it is as Augustine described it and where it is today. The Western Church saw a close link between peace and communion--peace with one another before receiving the Prince of Peace.
In the Middle Ages the laity were excluded from the sign of peace and it was then dropped altogether from the Mass; the only remnant of the rite was the action of the priest kissing the altar. Vatican II restored the ancient rite of peace to all who participate at mass.
Custom dictates how the kiss of peace is exchanged in each country: a handshake, an embrace, words of peace, or other actions. In Japan, for example, the celebrant bows deeply to the congregation who in turn bow towards him and then bow respectfully to one another. It is a sign that works well in their culture. How the sign of peace is given will vary, but its meaning remains the same.
An oran is a solemn posture of prayer. It designates the act of supplication.
To make this posture raise arms either at your sides and with hands up to shoulder height, or raise arms up over your head as a child would when wanting his father to pick him up.
When are we Catholics supposed to make use of the orans?
Priests and bishops perform this gesture during the Mass.
Laypeople sometimes adopt this position during private prayer.
It should not be used by the laity at the Mass. To avoid interrupting the meaning and unity of the prescribed rites for the liturgy.
Early church catacombs
Prayer of Humility by Merry Cardinal del Val, secretary of state to Pope Saint Pius X O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, O Jesus. From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, O Jesus. That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be praised and I go unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.