Sunday of the Word of God:making the Scriptures part of our everyday livesPosted on 21st January 2020

Sunday of the Word of God:making the Scriptures part of our everyday lives

Vatican City
Sunday 26 January will be the first celebration of the newly-established “Sunday of the Word of God”. Beginning in 2020, the third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be observed as a special day devoted to the Word of God so that "the Christian community may concentrate on the great value that the Word of God occupies in its daily existence" (Aperuit illis 2).

At a special Vatican press conference Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, said that, by establishing this Day, Pope Francis intends "to respond to the many requests that have come from the people of God, so that throughout the Church the Sunday of the Word of God may be celebrated in unity of purpose… This Sunday, he wants to stimulate all Christians not just to place the Bible on the shelf as one of many books, perhaps filled with dust, but as an instrument that awakens our faith.”

Ecumenical value

The Sunday of the Word of God will also have great ecumenical value as it falls close to the Day of Dialogue between Jews and Catholics and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

A new and immediately identifiable logo may also help people to understand the meaning of this Sunday.

Vatican II Lectionary to be enthroned

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St Peter’s for the first Sunday of the Word of God and, at the beginning of the Liturgy will solemnly enthrone the Lectionary used in all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

At the end of Mass, in a symbolic gesture and wanting to make sure everyone is entrusted with the Word of God, the Pope will give a Bible to 40 people representing “different expressions” of our daily life:“from the bishop to the foreigner, from the priest to the catechist, from the consecrated person to the policeman, from the Ambassadors of various continents to teachers of all grades, from the poor to journalists, from the ‘Gendarme’ to the prisoner serving a life sentence”.

A representative of the Orthodox Churches and of Evangelical Communities will also receive a Bible from the Pope.

(Source:Vatican News)


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