Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Prayer for Book Burnings

Note: Burning of heretical works is far from condemned, it is encouraged.  I have encouraged others to do so.  The Church has engaged in and supported the destruction of such works that were previously recorded on the Index of Forbidden Books.

The following prayer was written by me.  I also recommend the prayer of the indulged Prayer for the Printing of Good Books.

 Spanish painting from the 1400s by Pedro Berruguete showing the miracle of Fanjeaux. The books of the heretical Albigensian and those of the Catholics were thrown together into the fire before Saint Dominic. The Catholic books were miraculously preserved, being rejected three times by the flames, while the heretical ones burned.

O Almighty and Eternal God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, look with pity and favour upon our actions as the works of heretics and pagans are delivered unto the eternal fires in Thy honor for the good of souls and the protection of the Holy Faith.  May St. Michael the Archangel and all the hosts of heaven intercede for us and may our penance be acceptable in Thy sight.

{Here light the flame}

O infernal works of the evil one which destroy souls and attack the Holy Faith, we condemn you to eternal destruction by this flame.  We condemn you and destroy you in the name + of the Father + and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost.

4 comment(s):

del_button February 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Tom Policinski said...

Can Only priests use this prayer? What if I buy up some protestant books and bibles from local thrift stores, to burn?

del_button February 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM
Matthew said...

Anyone may use this prayer

del_button October 17, 2020 at 3:07 PM
JanJardin said...

Need a pray for old missals and prayer books that we wish to dispose of reverently by burning.

del_button October 18, 2020 at 8:27 AM
Matthew said...

I've never thought of that, or heard of it. I think your best bet is to go with something simple, like praying the Rosary or just an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be... maybe Psalm 50 for the penitential theme.

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