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The Year of the Word 2020
The Year of the Word 2020
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales wish to commemorate in 2020 the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini on Sacred Scripture. This will also be the 1,600 anniversary of the death of St. Jerome whose Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible served the Western Church for centuries. A special year of celebrating, living, and sharing the Word of God in scripture, will begin on the feast of St Jerome, 30th September 2019 under the title “The God Who Speaks”.
Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini was written to share the fruits of the Synod of Bishops who met in the Vatican 5-26th October 2008 to discuss ‘The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church’. The bishops were indebted to Vatican II as VD 3 tells us of:
the great impulse which the Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum gave to the revival of interest in the word of God in the life of the Church, to theological reflection on divine revelation and to the study of sacred Scripture. By celebrating this Synod, the Church, conscious of her continuing journey under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, felt called to further reflection on the theme of God’s word, in order to review the implementation of the Council’s directives, and to confront the new challenges which the present time sets before Christian believers.
Benedict XVI’s statement that the ‘synodal assembly was a testimony, before the Church and before the world, to the immense beauty of encountering the word of God in the communion of the Church’ (VD 2), resonates in the teaching of Pope Francis. ‘The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.’(EG 1)
The Maryvale Institute is pleased to offer a series of Study Guides to the New Testament. Each single module can be studied alone at home, or as part of a parish study group. You can also work towards the Certificate in New Testament Studies by completing six modules with assignments, for an additional cost.
All you need for study is a Bible and the study guide, which is offered as an aid to a reflective, meditative reading of the text.
Each study guide costs £25 to audit – with discount for parishes buying multiple copies. For more information contact the FE Admin team through the contact button below or by phoning 0121 3608118.