Confession and Forgiveness (2)

O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess to you all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended you and justly deserved your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray of your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor sinful being.

Upon this your confession, I, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Source: Saxon Church Order of 1581, translation based on The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

Original in German, from Leipziger Gesangbuch of 1767

O allmächtiger Gott! barmherziger Vater! ich armer elender sündiger Mensch bekenne dir alle meine Sünde und Missethat, damit ich dir jemals erzürnet, und deine Strafe zeitlich und ewiglich verdienet habe. Sie sind mir aber alle herzlich leid, und reuen mich sehr, und ich bitte dich durch deine grundlose Barmherzigkeit, und durch das heilige unschuldige bittere Leiden und Sterben deines lieben Sohnes, Jesu Christi, du wollest mir armen sündhaftigen Menschen gnädig und barmherzig sein. Amen.

Auf solch euer Bekenntniss verkündige ich euch allen, die ihr eure Sünden herzlich bereuet, an Jesum Christum gläubet und den guten ernstlichen Vorssatz habet durch Beystand Gottes des heiligen Geistes euer sündliches Leben forthin zu bessern, kraft meines Amts, als ein berufener und verordneter Diener des Worts, die Gnade Gottes, und vergebe euch an Statt und auf Befehl meines Herrn Jesu Christi, alle eure Sünde, im Namen Gottes des Vaters, + Gottes des Sohnes, + und Gottes des heiligen Geistes. + Amen.

The Absolution in the Leipziger Gesangbuch is longer, and reads thus:

Upon this your confession, I announce to all of you who sincerely repent of your sins, believe in Jesus Christ and earnestly promise with the help of God the Holy Spirit to amend your sinful life, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, I announce the grace of God to all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father + and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. + Amen.

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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