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Word of God Sunday
21-22 January 2023

“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:45)

In his Apostolic Letter of 30 September 2019, Aperuit illis Pope Francis established that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be the Sunday of the Word of God.  Sunday of the Word of God is a day to be devoted to the celebration, study, and spreading of the Word of God.  Pope Francis impresses on us that the relationship between the Risen Lord, a community of believers, and sacred Scripture is essential to who we are as Christians.  

 The Bible or the Scriptures make up a central part of Christian worship because they uniquely reveal God to us through God’s own inspiration.  The word Bible comes from the Greek βιβλίον (biblion), a word that means book.  The word Scripture is from the Latin word meaning “to write.”  The Scriptures are the written tradition of God’s revelation to his people.  

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The Official Icon for Sunday of the Word of God

An encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus was chosen as the official logo for the worldwide celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God.  This is an icon of Our Resurrected Lord on the road to Emmaus with two disciples.  Jesus is holding a scroll in his left hand representing the fulfillment of Sacred Scripture in Him.  One of the disciples, Cleopas, is holding a walking stick which shows he is on a pilgrimage.  The light above Cleopas represents Christ as the Light of the World guiding us through Sacred Scripture as we make our way on our earthly pilgrimage, absorbing the light and reflecting that light to others as we share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Mary is holding one hand upward and with her other hand seems to be touching the Lord, reaffirming that he has fulfilled the ancient promises and is the living Word that must be proclaimed to the world.

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Parish Resources for Word of God Sunday

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Pastoral Suggestions for Word of God Sunday

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Blessing of Bibles

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How to Use the Bible

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The Lector at Mass

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2023 Liturgical & Pastoral Resources

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Prayers of the Faithful for Word of God Sunday

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Fruitful Reading of Scripture

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The Art of Lectio Divina

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Commissioning Ministers of the Word

Resources to Help As You Walk Your Own Road to Emmaus

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Papal Documents on Sacred Scripture

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Scripturae Sacrae Affectus

Devotion to Sacred Scripture

30 September 2020

Aperuit Illis

"Opened to Them"

30 September 2019

Evangelii Gaudium

The Joy of the Gospel

24 November 2013

Dei Verbum

Word of God

18 November 1965

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