First, a person admits his sin 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 PEOPLE CONFESS?
A. When speaking to God, we should plead guilty to all sins, even those we donít know about, just as we do in the ďOur Father,Ē but when speaking to the confessor, only the sins we know about, which we know about and feel in our hearts.