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The Year of the Word of God

The Year of the Word of God began on the 1st December, 2019 (Advent) – 30th September, 2020 (Feast of St. Jerome). 

The Year of the Word of God - Msrg. John William-Lewis

The ritual for the celebration of the Word of God

Enthroned in the family home

  1. Family gathers in a suitable room.
  2. The head of the household enters the room with the Bible, accompanied by a vigil light carried by a member of the family.
  3. They will process to the centre of the room where a table has been placed to receive the Bible and the lighted candle.
  4. Acclamation or a suitable psalm can be sung or a suitable hymn. “Praise the Word of the Lord, praise the Word of our God.”
  5. The opening prayer of the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time is used. Alternative readings to the reading of the day can be used, e.g., Luke 4: 16–2, Luke 2: 15-20 or Luke 8: 19-21.
  6. The family members can share on their favourite Bible passages and how these have helped them.
  7. Prayers of intercession- This should have a few lines of prayer dedicated to those who study the Word (theologians), teach the Word (catechists), proclaim the Word (preachers), preserve the Word in their lives (Christian faithful).
    1. Let us pray for those who study and teach the Word that they will be able to present us with the truth as revealed by God.
    2. For catechists in our diocese and in our parishes, that imparting the Word in their varying sessions they will enlighten those taught with a clearer understanding of the revealed Word of God.
    3. For those who preach the Word at our various celebrations, that they will give their listeners a clearer insight to the revealed truth.
    4. That in listening to the Word, revealed and preached, they find their life further nurtured with the love of God.
    5. For the members of our family, that we will cherish the Word of God daily in our lives and allow it to influence us in a wonderful way in our daily activities.
  1. The Our Father is said, the Hail Mary and Glory Be or the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. (The Baptism of Jesus, the Wedding Feast of Cana, the Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Transfiguration and the Institution of the Eucharist.)
  2. A Blessing by the head of the household is given:
  3. May Our Heavenly Father bless us all in this family—Amen
  4. May the Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God guide us all with His Good News.— Amen
  5. And may the Holy Spirit enlighten us to cherish it—Amen
  6. A suitable hymn may be sung to end the ceremony and the Bible should be left where it was or put in a place of honour in the home.

Enthroned in school communities

  1. Students and teachers assemble in a suitable place.
  2. The principal or designated teacher will process with the Catholic Bible and at least two lighted candles to the place to where the Bible will be enthroned.
  3. Acclamation or a suitable psalm can be sung or a suitable hymn. “Praise the Word of the Lord, praise the Word of our God.”
  4. The opening prayer and the Readings from the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time are used.
  5. A reflection can be given by those chosen to do so.
  6. Prayers of intercession—This should have a few lines of prayer dedicated to those who, study the Word (theologians), teach the Word (catechist), proclaim the Word (preachers), preserve the Word in their lives (Christian faithful).
    1. Let us pray for those who study and teach the Word that they will be able to present us with the truth as revealed by God.
    2. For catechists in our diocese and in our parishes, that imparting the Word in their varying sessions they will enlighten those taught with a clearer understanding of the revealed Word of God.
    3. For those who preach the Word at our various celebrations, that they will give their listeners a clearer insight to the revealed truth.
    4. That in listening to the Word, revealed and preached, they find their life further nurtured with the love of God.
    5. For the students and teachers of our school community, that our lives will be influenced and guided by the Word of God and not by the negative cultural values in society.
  1. The Our Father is said, the Hail Mary and Glory Be or the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary: The Baptism of Jesus, the Wedding Feast of Cana, the Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Transfiguration and the Institution of the Eucharist.
  2. A Blessing by the head of the school is given:
  3. May Our Heavenly Father bless us all in this school—Amen
  4. May the Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God guide us all with His Good News.—Amen
  5. And may the Holy Spirit enlighten us to cherish it— Amen
  6. A suitable hymn may be sung to end the ceremony.
  7. Bible and candle are then reverently removed and taken away.

Taken from the Catholic News TT

Vatican News: Pope establishes Sunday of the Word of God

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio “Aperuit illis”, published on 30 September, establishes that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”.

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