(The Small Catechism of Martin Luther)
Translated by Robert E. Smith
May 22, 1994
How One Should Teach the
Uneducated to Confess
Q. What is confession?
A. Confession has two
First, a person admits
Second, a person
receives absolution or forgiveness from the confessor,
as if from God Himself, without doubting it, but
believing firmly that his sins are forgiven by God in
Heaven through it.
Q. Which sins should
A. When speaking to
God, we should plead guilty to all sins, even those we
don't know about, just as we do in the "Our Father," but
when speaking to the confessor, only the sins we know
about, which we know about and feel in our hearts.
Q. Which are these?
A. Consider here your
place in life according to the Ten Commandments. Are you
a father? A mother? A son? A daughter? A husband? A
wife? A servant? Are you disobedient, unfaithful or
lazy? Have you hurt anyone with your words or actions?
Have you stolen, neglected your duty, let things go or
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