Bible Sunday Prayers

12/11/2013 3:20 pm

A nun prays at a prayer vigil

Prayer of the Faithful

Parishes may wish to including one of the following intercessions into their Prayer of the Faithful:

  • For our openness to God’s word that we may be a people of hope inspired the example of the scriptures.
  • For all who are called to be witnesses to God’s word that they will remember the poor and the needy.

You might like to consider including the following prayers within the Prayer of the Faithful to mark Catholic Bible Sunday:

For our wider society on Bible Sunday,
That the Scriptures would inform and inspire those who have political responsibility, those who educate our young, those who
work in the media, and all who contribute to public life.
Lord, hear us

Lord, graciously hear us.


For our own parish community this Bible Sunday,
That we would be renewed in our love of the Scriptures. That we would truly encounter Christ in them and allow ourselves to be transformed into his likeness.

Lord, graciously hear us.


The following prayers may be used before reading or sharing a passage of scripture.

Eternal God,
you draw near to us in Christ and make yourself our guest.
Amid the cares of our daily lives,
make us attentive to your voice and alert to your presence,
that we may treasure your word above all else.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen. ICEL


O Lord, you have given us your word for a light to shine upon our path. Grant us so to meditate on that word, and to follow its teaching,
that we find in it the light
that shines more and more until the perfect day;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. Based on a prayer of St Jerome (c. 420)


All-wise God,
as you have granted us
to drink with delight from the Word that leads us to know you,
in your goodness grant us also to come at length to you,
source of all wisdom,
and stand for ever before your face.
Amen. Based on a prayer of the Venerable Bede


Prayers for Sunday Mass

prayers-for-sunday-mass-bible-sunday-2013.pdf 120.35 kB

Prayers that may be used before reading or sharing a passage of scripture.


Prayers of the Faithful-2012

prayers-of-the-faithful.pdf 38.44 kB

Two prayers that can be included within the Prayer of the Faithful on Catholic Bible Sunday and additional prayers to link with the wider themes of ‘Openness to the Word’ and Advent.