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Rituale Romanum prayer for e-book library

Started by Geremia, November 09, 2021, 05:23:02 PM

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Deinde benedicit instrumenta et machinas, dicens:

Oremus. Oratio

Domine Deus, unice fons scientiarum, qui hominum in­genium ita illuminare dignatus es, ut nova artificiosa in­strumenta invenerit [...]; bene dic, quæsemus, has machinas (hanc machinam), ut per libros ad utilitatem nostram prodeuntes nihil aliud te opitulante discamus, præter scientiam tuam, quae vere ducit ad vitam. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. ℟. Amen.
Then he blesses the machines and instruments, saying:
 Let us pray. Prayer
 O Lord God, thou sole Source of learning, who has condescended so to enlighten men's resourcefulness that they have invented new have invented new and artistic [instruments of disseminating knowledge, such as the St. Isidore e-book library here], bless, we beseech thee, these machines (this machine). And from the books which issue forth for our enlightenment, may we learn, by thy gracious help, nothing but that knowledge which, coming from thee, leadeth truly unto life. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

PDF pp. 1513-4 of Philip T. Weller, Roman Ritual (1950)



Deus, scientiarum Dominus, bene dictionem tuam super hanc bibliothecam benignus infunde; ut ipsa ab incendiis allisque periculis tuta consulat, et in dies congruenter augeatur, et omnes qui vel officii vel studiorum ratione huc conveniunt, in divinarum humanarumque rerum scientia tuique pariter dilectione proficiant. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. ℟. Amen.
Let us pray.

O God, Who art the Lord of all leaning, pour forth thy bless­ing upon this library. Let it safely withstand fire and every peril, and permit it to increase its volumes from day to day. May all who come here as officials or students make progress in knowledge of things human and divine, and increase likewise their love for thee. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen.

PDF pp. 1475-6 of Philip T. Weller, Roman Ritual (1950)