Vatican City, Dec 19, 2020 / 05:00 am
The Vatican's liturgy congregation issued a note Saturday encouraging Catholic parishes around the world to celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God with new vigor.
In the note published Dec. 19, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments suggested ways that Catholics should prepare for the day devoted to the Bible.
Pope Francis instituted the Sunday of the Word of God with the apostolic letter "Aperuit illis" on Sept. 30, 2019, the 1,600th anniversary of St. Jerome's death.
"The purpose of this Note is to help reawaken, in the light of the Sunday of the Word of God, an awareness of the importance of Sacred Scripture for our lives as believers, beginning with its resonance in the liturgy which places us in living and permanent dialogue with God," said the text dated Dec. 17 and signed by the congregation's prefect, Cardinal Robert Sarah, and secretary, Archbishop Arthur Roche.