PRAYER TO BE SAID BEFORE READING THE HOLY BIBLE
O Jesus, true light that illumines every man who comes to this world, I know that you have come from God in order to be our Teacher and that you teach us his ways in truth. Life and spirit are the words that you have spoken to us: but who is worthy to open the book and break its seals? You alone, you who were killed for us and have ransomed us from God with your blood. Grant me then to be able to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God and your unfathomable riches. Show me all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God that are hidden in you. Grant that your word penetrate my soul; guide like light my steps, brighten my way till the day dawns and darkness dissipates, you who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Or else: O Jesus Master, Way, Truth, and Life, have mercy on us.
PRAYER TO BE SAID AFTER READING
O God, our Savior, you appeared to men to teach us so that, renouncing our impiety and worldly desires, we may live on earth sober, just, and pious. Grant us to change ourselves within by following You who, through kindness and love, made yourself externally similar to us.
Or else: Divine Heart of Jesus, you have promised peace and all the graces necessary for our state, have mercy on us.
FOR HIM WHO THIRSTS FOR SOULS AS JESUS
O Lord, in union with the Priests who today celebrate the Holy Mass, I offer You the divine Victim, Jesus Host and myself, a little victim:
1. In reparation for the innumerable blasphemies, errors and obscenities that are printed in many printing presses from which each day flows a river of paper that floods the world like a putrid torrent.
2. To invoke your mercy on the countless readers, perverse or innocent, that the scandalous press tears away from your Fatherly heart, thirsty for souls.
3. For the conversion of all writers and printers, blind ministers of Satan, false teachers who have raised up magisterial chairs against the Divine Master, poisoning every teaching, human thought and the sources of human activity.
4. In order to honor, love and listen only to Him whom You, O Heavenly Father, in your great Love have given to the world proclaiming, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
5. In order to know that only Jesus is the perfect Teacher: that is, the Truth that enlightens, the Way or
model of all holiness, the true Life of souls, that is, sanctifying grace.CHAPLET TO ST. PAUL
6. In order to obtain the grace so that in the world may be multiplied Priests and Religious who are consecrated to spread the teachings of Christ by means of the press.
7. So that writers and workers of this press may be holy, full of wisdom and zeal for the glory of God and for souls.
8. To ask you so that the Catholic press may prosper, be disseminated, aided and multiply, raising up its voice so as to drown out the inebriating and bewitching din of the perverse press.
9. So that all of us may become aware of our ignorance and misery, and of our need to always stay before Your holy Tabernacle with supplicating eyes and heads bowed; O Lord, invoking your light, compassion, and mercy.
I. I bless You, O Jesus, for the great mercy granted to St. Paul in changing him from a bold persecutor to an ardent Apostle of the Church; and You, O great saint, obtain for me from Jesus and Mary Most Holy, a heart docile to grace and a complete conversion from my predominant fault.
O Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life, have mercy on us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
St. Paul the Apostle, pray for us.
II. I bless you, O Jesus, for having elected the Apostle Paul as a model and preacher of holy virginity; and You, O St. Paul, my dear Father, guard
my mind, my heart and my senses, so that I may know, love and serve only Jesus and employ all my energies for his glory.PRAYER TO ST. PAUL
O Jesus Master, etc.
III. I bless you, O Jesus, for having given through St. Paul examples and teachings of perfect obedience: and You, O great Saint, obtain for me from Jesus and from Mary Most Holy, humble docility to all my Superiors, certain that in obedience I shall be victorious over my enemies.
O Jesus Master, etc.
IV. I bless you, O Jesus, for having taught me, by the deeds and by the words of St. Paul, the true spirit of poverty; and You, O great Saint, obtain for me from Jesus and Mary Most Holy, the evangelical spirit of poverty, so that after having imitated you in life, I may be your companion in heavenly glory.
O Jesus Master, etc.
V. I bless you, O Jesus, for having given to St. Paul a heart so full of love for God and for the Church, and for having saved so many souls through his zeal. And you, our friend, obtain for me from Jesus and Mary Most Holy, an ardent desire to carry out the apostolate of the press, of prayer, of example, of good works, and of the word, so that I may be your companion in the reward promised to good Apostles.
O Jesus Master, etc.
O most glorious Apostle, who with so much zeal strove to destroy in Ephesus those writings you knew well would pervert
the minds of the faithful, would that even now you cast a kind gaze upon us. You see how an unbelieving and unbridled press is trying to snatch from our hearts the precious treasure of our faith and the purity of our mores.
Enlighten, we pray you, O Holy Apostle, the mind of so many perverse writers, so that they my desist once and for all from causing damage to souls by their culpable doctrines and perfidious insinuations. Raise up amidst the Christian people holy Apostles and workers for the Press Apostolate that may labor with faith, humility and zeal to spread the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Ask for us the grace so that, always docile to the voice of the Supreme Hierarch, we may never devote ourselves to reading perverse writings, but instead, try to read and as much as we can disseminate those that through their salutary shepherding help all to promote the greater glory of God, the exaltation of His Church, and the salvation of souls. Amen.
(50 days indulgence)Litany of the Sacred Writers
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father in heaven, have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us
Jesus, Word of the Father, have mercy on us
Jesus, expectation of the Prophets, have mercy on us
Jesus Master, Way, Truth, and Life, have mercy on us
Jesus, font of the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
Jesus, Master of the Apostles and Evangelists, have mercy on us
Jesus, light of the Fathers and of the Doctors, have mercy on us
Mother of Christ, pray for us
Queen of Apostles, pray for us
Saint Joseph, pray for us
Saint Moses, pray for us
Saint David, pray for us
Saint Isaiah, pray for us
All ye Sacred Hagiographers and Prophets, pray for us
Saint Peter, pray for us
Saint Paul, pray for us
Saint Jacob, pray for us
Saint John, pray for us
Saint Matthew, pray for us
Saint Thaddeus, pray for us
Saint Luke, pray for us
Saint Mark, pray for us
All ye Holy Apostles and Evangelists, pray for us
All ye Holy Apostolic Fathers, pray for us
Saint Athanasius, pray for us
Saint Basil, pray for us
Saint Jerome, pray for us
Saint Augustine, pray for us
Saint John Chrysostom, pray for us
Saint Gregory (the Great), pray for us
All ye Holy Fathers, pray for us
Saint Bernard, pray for us
Saint Thomas, pray for us
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us
Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us
Saint Alphonsus, pray for us
All ye Holy Doctors, pray for us
All ye Holy Writers, pray for us
Saint Benedict, pray for us
Saint Francis, pray for us
Saint Dominic, pray for us
Saint Ignatius, pray for us
All ye Holy Fathers of the Religious, pray for us
Saint Theresa, pray for us
Saint Catherine, pray for us
All ye Saints of God, intercede for us
We beseech you, spare us, O Lord
We beseech you, graciously hear us, O Lord
From all evil, deliver us, O Lord
From all sin, deliver us, O Lord
Through the mystery of your Incarnation and preaching, deliver us, O Lord
Through your cross and passion, deliver us, O Lord
Through your resurrection and ascension, deliver us, O Lord
Through the coming of the Holy Spirit the Paraclete and the inspiration of the Scriptures, deliver us, O Lord
Through the admirable infallibility of the Church, deliver us, O Lord
On the day of judgment, deliver us, O Lord
We sinners, we beseech you, hear us
That the apostolic gift and all ecclesiastical orders you may deign to conserve in holy religion, we beseech you
That you may deign to lead all the erring to the unity of the Church and all the unbelieving to the light of the Gospel, we beseech you
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us
V) Jesus, Way, Truth, and Life
R) Have mercy on us
OREMUS. - Domine Jesu Christe, qui es Via, Veritas et Vita, fac nos tuam supereminentem scientiam spiritu Pauli Apostoli ediscere, ut in viam mandatorum tuorum currentes, ad vitam perveniamus sempiternam.
1 “Let us pray. - Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Make us learn your most eminent knowledge in the spirit of the Apostle Paul, so that journeying in the way of your commandments, we may reach life eternal. You who...”