Are Catholic Prayers Bible Based?
Some of my non-Catholic friends told me that we aren’t a Bible-based religion. I told them that it was the Catholic Church that put the Bible together and pointed them to your other answers about it (which was great by the way). But what do I tell them when they say that all we do is say prayers made up by humans instead of reading the Word of God?
Thanks for the email my sister in Christ.
Like I’ve said in various posts before, what is essential in moments like these is that you do not get defensive. I know it’s hard not to, but realize you have nothing to be defensive about. Think of it this way...what a great opportunity this is for you to learn more about the Mass and the Catholic faith and at the same time help other Christians to learn more on their faith walk, too. (Doesn't it sound better that way?)
The Bible that your friend is using is an edited translation of a translation of a translation that was originally compiled, through prayer and discernment, by the Catholic Church, the early Church Fathers to be exact. In fact, it was St. Jerome, a Catholic priest, who transcribed it into Latin…of which the Bible your friends are using was most likely translated years later.
Rather than getting into debate, invite your friends to Mass with you. Mark some scriptures ahead of time and point to them as you move through the liturgy. Talk to the parish priest and tell him what you’re doing. Maybe you could even go to a daily Mass first, instead, since it’s less crowded, sit in the back and “talk them through” what is happening, or go sit in the cry room with them and have your Bible marked with all of the various verses I have listed below. It’s not nearly all of them, but it’s a starting point to help them understand that not only is our Mass rooted in Scripture, but that the Scriptures are the backbone of the entire sacrifice of the Mass, the skeleton upon wish Christ’s flesh is made manifest time and time again in the Eucharist, through the power of the Holy Spirit in the Sacramental priesthood.
There are plenty of books in your local Catholic bookstore that go into detail with each and every single Scripture verse in the Mass and where it comes from (all the way down to the Eucharistic prayers). That being said, here’s a few to get you goin’…
In the name of the Father…. -Mt. 28:19
The Lord be with you – Ruth 2:4
Amen – 1 Chron 16:36 (and throughout the New Testament)
Lord have mercy – Tobit 8:4
Christ have mercy – 1 Tim 1:2
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favors rest. – Luke 2:14
Blessed be God forever- Ps 68:36
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands – Ps 50:23
Holy, holy, holy Lord – God of power and might – Isaiah 6:3
Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith – 1 Tim 3:16
Lord, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness – 2 Maccabees 14:36
From age to age – Ps 113:3
Through Him, with Him, in Him – Rom. 11:36
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord – Lk 7:50, 2 Chron 35:5
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.’ - 2 Cor 13:13
Happy reading and happy praying.
Keep on building bridges…it’s harder to build them than to tear them down, but you’ll get a lot farther in the long run.
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