"Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment."
The Penitent must confess sins, be sorrowful for these sins and make a firm intention to avoid sin and occasions of temptation.
There are several versions of the Act of Contrition. Here are two:
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