Bible Enthronement

Reverently place the open Bible on a bookstand or table top. You may add other sacramentals to this display such as a candle, crucifix, icon, flowers or plants. The enthroned Bible will serve as a powerful symbol of God’s living word and as a reminder to make scriptural reflection and prayer a regular part of your life.

 

Head of the family : We gather together in our home to honor the Book of the Church, the sacred Scriptures. We believe that through these inspired writings, God speaks to us. We believe that through the word of God we are taught, encouraged, and challenged. We pray that this enthroned Bible may be for us a constant reminder to seek God’s word, to learn from its saving truth, and to apply it to our lives each day.

Let us pray…

All: Ever-living God, we long for your presence and we thirst for your word. Send your Holy Spirit so that the Bible can be for us a source of spiritual growth and strength. Give us a deep love for the sacred Scriptures so that we may know your truth, grow in love for you, and follow your way more faithfully.

 

Head of the family : Let us listen to the prophet Isaiah as he speaks about God’s word as a penetrating rain, watering the earth so that it may bear fruit. Read Isaiah 55:10-11

Reverently take the Bible from its place and read the passage slowly.
Return the Bible to its place, and pause for silent reflection.

 

Head of the family : The word of God is a life-giving rain for our dry land. (Isa 55:10)
All: Come and refresh us so that we can grow in Christ and bear fruit for others.

 

Head of the family : The word of God is a lamp for my feet, a light to my path. (Ps 119:105)
All: Come and guide us through the dark valleys of life with your shining light.

 

Head of the family : The word of God is a fertile seed that depends on rich soil. (Mark 4:20)

All: Come and take root within us so that your word may flourish and bear a rich harvest.

 

Head of the family : The word of God is a flaming fire and a hammer shattering rocks. (Jer 23:29)

All: Come and enflame our lives and break the hardness of our hearts so that our words may be faithful and true.

 

Head of the family : The word of God is living and effective, sharper than a two-edged sword. (Heb 4:12)

All: Come and penetrate our spirits, stirring our passion for goodness and justice.

 

Head of the family : The word of God motivates us to action, so that we can be doers of the word and not hearers only. (Jam 1:22)
All: Come and energize us so that your presence may inspire our daily decisions and actions.

 

Head of the family : The word of God will stand forever as all else passes away. (Isa 40:8)

All: Come and live with us always as our source of unchanging truth and love.

 

Head of the family :  Let us listen to the words of the risen Lord, as he speaks to us through the Gospel according to Luke. Read Luke 24:44-45

Take the Bible from its place and read the passage slowly. Return the Bible to its place, and pause for silent reflection.

 

Head of the family : Let us listen to the teachings of our church concerning sacred Scripture from the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
“Access to sacred Scripture ought to be open wide to the Christian faithful. The church forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful… to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.’”

 

Commitment to the Word of God

 

Head of the family : Do you believe that the Creator of the world spoke the word to the people of ancient Israel for the salvation of all the nations?
All: Yes, I do.

 

Head of the family : Do you believe that the Word of God was made flesh and continues to live among us as the Good News for all?
All: Yes, I do

 

Head of the family : Do you believe that God sent the Holy Spirit among us to lead us to truth and to guide our understanding of God’s word?
All: Yes, I do

 

Head of the family : I invite you to approach the Bible individually and place your hands upon it. This is a sign of our personal commitment to seek the word of life in the Scriptures.

All approach the Bible, place their hands on its open pages, and pray a silent prayer of personal commitment.

 

Head of the family : Let us pray.

All: Loving God, help us to open our eyes, our ears, our minds, and our hearts. May we always welcome your word of life, as you come to us with your wisdom, your truth, and your love. Amen.

 

Head of the family : Let us offer one another a sign of the peace of Christ.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Amen

 

Other Suggested readings while recommitting ourselves to the Word of God

  1. Rom 12 Advice for Christian Living
  2. I Cor 13 The Gift of Genuine Love
  3. Mark 4:1-20 Parable of the Sower
  4. Luke 4:16-21 Jesus Reads from the Scroll
  5. John 14 The Comforting Words of Jesus
  6. 1 John 1 The Word of Life Made Visible
  7. Exodus 19 The Manifestation of God
  8. Isaiah 40 The Saving Power of God
  9. Psalm 103 Praise of God’s Goodness
  10. Psalm 139 God is Always Present for Us
  11. Nehemiah 8 Ezra Proclaims the Scriptures
  12. Luke 24 Appearances of the Risen Lord
  13. Hebrews 9 The Sacrifice of the Covenant
  14. Ephesians 4 Live the Calling You Have Received
  15. Colossians 1 Progress in the Life of Christ

Kindly keep me in your prayers.

In Christ,

Steven Pais