Prayer before reading the Bible, indulgenced. The Come, Holy Spirit is traditionally prayed before reading the Bible and is an indulgenced prayer. (Roman Missal, Partial indulgence, from The Enchiridion of Indulgences.) (Catholic Answers has a good tract on the subject of indulgences. This prayer is printed on the inside of my St. Joseph editions of the New American Bible, which is not my favorite translation but having the prayer printed in it is a very good thing.
Come. Holy Spirit
Come. Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord.
Image: Pentecost, by Jean Restout. Wikimedia, Louvre, public domain.
Back to the Devotions page