For so many Sundays in my working life I was unable to attend a Religious service where there was an ordained person to pronounce the absolution after the confession. So I changed the words of the Absolution Prayer as follows for me to say:
Almighty God, I thank you for your promise of forgiveness,
That when I turn to you in faith, my sins are forgiven,
I thank you that your grace will strengthen me,
To do good things, and your grace will keep me in eternal life,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here are two poems to read and reflect on: