With my new decision to read Scriptures related to next Sunday's readings every day, I remembered there are prayers to say before and after reading the Scriptures.
So I whipped out the (old - 1980) New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book, flipped to the index, and found... nothing.
I mean there was a prayer to St. Jerome for Scripture Scholars, there were many pages of prayers from the Bible, but I couldn't find the prayers to say before and after reading the Scriptures.
Then it came to me - I whipped out the old (1963) Confraternity Edition Bible, flipped past an Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII and the General Introduction, and there they were.
The first prayer is actually not easy to find on the Internet, along with the Indulgences. It's almost as if they are starting to be forgotten and lost.
The prayer to the Holy Spirit may even be an Icelandic Rosary Prayer. Which I think is cool.
So I decided to share:
Before Reading the Holy Scriptures
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle 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 didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Indulgence of five years, Plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, if the prayer has been recited daily for a month. (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 289)
After Reading the Holy Scriptures
Let me not, O Lord, be puffed up with worldly wisdom, which passes away, but grant me that love which never abates, that I may not choose to know anything among men but Jesus, and Him crucified. (1 Cor. 13:8; 2:2.)
I pray Thee, loving Jesus that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou would mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all Wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face. Amen. (Prayer of St. Bede the Venerable)
INDULGENCES FOR READING THE BIBLE
An indulgence of three years is granted to the faithful who read the Books of the Bible for at least a quarter of an hour, with the reverence due to the Divine Word and as spiritual reading:
To the faithful who piously read at least some verses of the Gospel and in addition, while kissing the Gospel Book, devoutly recite one of the following invocations: “May our sins be blotted out through the words of the Gospel,” -- “May the reading of the Gospel be our salvation and our protection,” -- “May Christ, the Son of God, teach us the words of the Holy Gospel”:
an indulgence of 500 days is granted;
a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions is granted to those who for a whole month daily act in the way indicated above;
a plenary indulgence is granted at the hour of death to those who often during life have performed this pious exercise, provided they have confessed and received Communion, or at least having sorrow for their sins, they invoke the most holy name of Jesus with their lips, if possible, or at least in their hearts, and humbly accept death from the hand of God as the price of sin. [Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 694]