The Prayer at the Epistle is a prayer we pray during the Catholic Mass before the reading from an Epistle.
Prayer at the Epistle
Be Thou, O Lord,
eternally praised and blessed
for having communicated to
the holy prophets and apostles Thy spirit,
disclosing to them admirable secrets,
redounding to Thy glory and our great good.
We firmly believe their word,
because it is Thine.
Give us, we beseech Thee,
the happiness to understand from the Church,
by their instructions,
what is profitable,
and grace to practice the same all our lives.
The Prayer at the Epistle is the prayer before the reading of a Bible passage from one to the Epistles. The Prayer at the Epistle is a prayer we can pray quietly to praise God for leaving us His word in the Epistles and to ask Him to help us understand the meaning of His word and how to apply it to our lives. The word epistle means letter. The Epistles are the books of the Bible that come after the Acts of the Apostles. Many of them were letters written by St. Paul to various Christain communities, like the Romans, Corinthians, and the Ephesians.