Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines




“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on rock.” Matthew 7:24

“Family Bonding” has become a byword among Filipino families nowadays. It means spending quality time together as a family by engaging in a common activity-picnicking together, movie going together, traveling together, gardening together, etc. There are indeed many creative ways of enhancing family relationship; but their common denominator is the word “together”. One of the songs in the musical film, “The Lost Horizon”, says it very well:

Living together, growing together, just being together

That’s how it starts, three loving hearts

All pulling together, working together, just building together

That makes you strong if things go wrong

We’ll still get along somehow, living and growing . . . together

I wish it had included “praying together”.  Fr. Patrick Peyton was wise in coining this motto for the Family Rosary Crusade: “The Family that prays together stays together.” Following this wise motto, I would like to propose that the families that already pray together integrate the reading of the Word of God into their family prayer. It does not take much to do it; just a copy of MTBO Bible, a copy of this Daily Bible Reading Guide to know which reading to choose for the day (any one of the three readings: the first reading, the psalm, or the Gospel Reading), a member of the family to read it, another member to share a personal reflection on it – how to live and proclaim it, and another member to weave a prayer inspired by it.

The house Matthew 7:24 speaks about can also be understood as a household, a family. Making the reading, sharing and praying on the Word of God part of our family bonding is like building a household on rock. We know well how often the family is assailed by the storms of trials; and how easily it can fall apart if it stands only on flimsy rituals of bonding – like being built on sand. These bonding rituals are important, but they will not be strong enough to be able to hold the family together in stormy times. Like Joshua, we have to make a conscious choice, in the midst of so many options, to serve God, and to consciously make God’s Word a constitutive aspect of our family bonding rituals.

I imagine the family members like beads in a rosary, linked together by a chain, and that chain is God’s Word. If I may revise the lyrics of the song, I’d say, “Pooling together, working together, just praying together, that makes you strong if things go wrong, we’ll still get along somehow living and growing together.” The bond is made even stronger when the family link up with the larger family of the Church on Sundays, breaking the Word together around the two tables – the table of the Word and the table of the Eucharist – on the strength of the Lord’s own assurance that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.” (Mat 18:20)

In every family that is engaged in proclaiming and living the Word of God together, Christ becomes truly present in our midst, constantly building his church on solid rock!




I.   Why we enthrone the Bible

Bible Enthronement is a rite which started in the early part of the Church but was lost through the years.  Through the Vatican Council II (1962-65), this celebration was revived.  Every day during the Council the Bishops gathered would enthrone the Bible because they believe that they could better become proclaimers of the Word if they first listened well to it. Since then, in many Church gatherings like Congresses, Conventions Workshops, meetings, retreats and recollections, the first activity would always be the Enthronement of the Bible.

We enthrone the Bible to remind us of the importance of the Bible in our life as Christians, especially in our life as proclaimers of the Word! The Word of God – Jesus, the Divine Word who became a person like us - is your distinctive mark as workers of a Catholic Church, who speaks to us through his printed word in the Bible.  Through this activity we also enthrone Jesus before us, especially in our hearts.  And it will set the tone for the activities today – we are here to listen to the word of God.  We are here to pray, to spend some time, moments of silence – away from any other activity. 



II. We need the following:

a.         Bible, candles, flowers, altar of enthronement, CD player, CD Music

b.        Volunteers to prepare and hold/offer these.


The Catholic Church, in her recent assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” (October 5–26, 2008), has drawn our attention to the importance of using Scripture not just for reading, but also as a way of prayer. Praying with Scripture is a very old practice. We see evidence of it in the Book of Psalms, where the Psalmist responds with a prayer of praise to his reading of the word of God:


"Your word, LORD, stands forever; it is firm as the heavens … How I love your teaching, Lord! I study it all day long … Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.” (Psalm 119: 89, 97, 105)

Lectio divina (Latin for “divine reading”) is a simple method of praying with Scripture. It was already known by the Church Fathers in the early days of the Church. Lectio divina was recommended by Saint Cyprian (a third-century bishop and martyr). It has been part of the prayer of Christians throughout the history of the Church. Monasteries kept the practice alive. Saint Benedict (480–547 A.D.) taught his monks to pray in this way 1500 years ago, and it is still a wonderful way to pray today.

Why pray with Scripture?

Prayer should be a two-way conversation: God speaks to us, and we respond to Him. Like any conversation with a loved one, our prayer should not be one-sided; we should not do all the talking nor fail to listen.

Normally, we do not hear God’s voice with our human ears. So how does He speak to us? One very important way is through Scripture. Holy Scripture, the inspired word of God, can be thought of as letters from the Holy Spirit:


“The Scriptures are then in the heart and hands of the Church as the ‘Letter sent by God to humankind.’ ” (Saint Gregory the Great, c. 540–604 A.D.)

When we practice lectio divina, we carry on this two-way conversation with God:


“Diligently practice prayer and lectio divina. When you pray, you speak with God; when you read, God speaks with you.” (Saint Cyprian, 190–258 A.D.)


“Your prayer is your word addressed to God. When you read the Bible, God speaks to you; when you pray you speak to God.” (Saint Augustine, 354–430 A.D.)

Getting ready for lectio divina

FIND THE RIGHT TIME AND PLACE. Set aside a few minutes (aim for ten to fifteen minutes a day if you can manage it) in a quiet, comfortable place where you can be relatively free of distractions. Have your Bible available.

PRAY FOR HELP. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. You are about to have a conversation with God Himself; invite Him to take the lead in the conversation!

PICK A SCRIPTURE PASSAGE. Choose a Scripture passage as the subject of your prayer time. It should not be too long, perhaps a short Psalm (or a section of a longer one), a story from one of the Gospels, etc. There are many ways to choose:

•           You might choose a book of the Bible that appeals to you, and read and pray with a little bit of it each day. The Psalms are great; they were Jesus’ prayer book, so they should be good enough for us! Or you might choose one of the Gospels or one of Paul’s letters.

•           If you want to pray with the liturgical seasons of the Church, try one of the daily Mass readings (First or Second Reading, Responsorial Psalm, or Gospel). You can find them listed at http://www.usccb.org/nab/ .

•           If you pray the Liturgy of the Hours daily, you can choose one of the psalms or readings from the day (if it is a long reading, just use part of it).

•           Or just flip through your Bible, and settle on whatever interests you.


Lectio divina in a group setting

The preceding posts have described a method of lectio divina for an individual person. But it is also possible to practice lectio divina in a group setting (for example, a prayer group or a group retreat).

Bishop Santiago Silva Retamales of Valparaiso, Chile, while participating in the recent Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” described how one group in his diocese does this. For a description of this group’s method, see a recent Zenit article:



This is just an example; there are probably other ways to adapt lectio divina to a group setting.

The fruits of lectio divina

Prayer should change us. Here are some fruits we should expect from praying with Scripture, described by some experts on prayer (bold emphasis added).

First, from Saint Maximus the Confessor (580–662 A.D.):


“The Words of God, if pronounced by rote and not heard, have no resonance in the actions of those who merely speak them. But rather, if they are pronounced and put into action, they have the power to dispel demons and help people build God’s dwelling in their hearts and make progress in works of justice.”

From an address to young people by Pope John Paul II:


“I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church — I am convinced of it—a new spiritual springtime … It should never be forgotten that the Word of God is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path” (Psalm 119:105).

From an address to young people by Pope Benedict XVI:


“I urge you to become familiar with the Bible, and to have it at hand so that it can be your compass pointing out the road to follow.”

“The diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart.”

And finally, these are the closing words from the “Instrumentum Laboris” preceding the Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”:


Lectio Divina is not confined to a few, well-committed individuals among the faithful nor to a group of specialists in prayer. Instead, Lectio Divina is a necessary element of an authentic Christian life in a secularized world, which needs contemplative, attentive, critical and courageous people who, at times, must make totally new, untried choices. These particular undertakings will not be purely routine nor come from public opinion butwill result from hearing the Word of the Lord and perceiving the mysterious stirring of the Holy Spirit in the heart.

Reference: http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=283559



QUIET YOUR MIND FOR A FEW MINUTES. Now you’re really ready to get started!

The four stages of lectio divina

Lectio divina has four stages, or parts, each with its Latin name:

•           Lectio (reading)

•           Meditatio (meditation)

•           Oratio (prayer)

•           Contemplatio (contemplation)

Each of these stages will be described briefly below.


The first  stage:

Lectio (reading)

Read the passage.

Reread it again s-l-o-w-l-y, line by line, pausing from time to time. Notice any words or phrases that appeal to you or attract your attention.

You’re not reading just to get the gist of the story; every word or phrase can have meaning.


The second  stage:

Meditatio (meditation)

Mull over the passage you have just read. Remember, this is God speaking to you. The words or phrases that caught your attention may contain God’s special message for you. (He speaks to each one of us in a unique and individual way. No two people will get the exact same thing out of the passage. And if you were to read it again a year from now, you might hear something different.)

Spend extra time thinking about the meaning of the words that “jumped out” at you.

Ask yourself:

•           What is God saying to my heart?

•           How can I relate this passage to my daily life?

•           What is God asking of me at this moment?


The third  stage:

Oratio (prayer)

Now it’s your turn to speak. Respond to God’s word in silent prayer. What do you want to say back to God?

The passage you just read may inspire you to …

•           Thank God.

•           Praise Him.

•           Tell Him you are sorry about something.

•           Give yourself to Him in complete trust.

•           Ask Him for something you need. Has the passage brought to mind any personal needs you might have? Or the needs of others?

•           Make a resolution. Has the passage prompted you to take some action in your life? To overcome a bad or sinful habit? To reach out to someone in need?

If you would like, you can go back to the Scripture passage and repeat the meditatio and oratio stages with another phrase or two. It’s up to you. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.


The fourth stage:

Contemplatio (contemplation)

When you are finished reading, listening, and talking to God, it’s time to just rest in His loving presence for a few minutes.

No words are needed. Be at peace and rest in silence before the Lord.

Just love Him, and let Him love you. (Kind of like a couple falling in love — sometimes it’s enough just to be in the same room together.)

Finish with a prayer of thanksgiving for the gifts and inspirations received during your prayer time.



After you have been practicing lectio divina on a regular basis for some time, you may find the pattern of your prayer changing.

•           You may pass more quickly from one stage to another.

•           You may find the different stages becoming more “fluid,” overlapping each other.

•           You may find yourself going back and forth among the different stages, or skipping a stage entirely.

Don’t worry about it. The framework of lectio divina can be compared to the scaffolding of a building. Once the structure has been built, sometimes it’s okay to let the scaffolding be taken away.

If your practice of lectio divina is still leading you into loving dialogue with God, you’re doing just fine. Always follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.



Families that enthroned the Bible are encouraged at least once a week to make a prayerful reading of the bible, with all the members present if possible. The method is very simple so that every one can follow the discussion within that prayerful reading. The method is called Bible Sharing through the seven steps.


Bible Sharing through the Seven Steps

1. We invite the Lord.

     a. Will someone please invite Jesus in prayer


2. We read the text.

    a. Let us open to _____ chapter _____.

   b. Will someone please read verses _____ to _____.

   c. Read another translation.


3. We pick out a verse, a phrase or a word and meditate on it.

   a. Read it aloud prayerfully.

   b. Read again the text.


4. We let God speak to us in silence.

   a. We keep silent for … minutes

   b. Allow God to speak to us.


Why am I touched?

What is God's message for me?

5. We share what we have heard in our hearts

   a. We share what word, phrase or verse has touched us. Why?

   b. What is God's message for me? (I share this using the first person singular pronoun, We share "spiritual experience". i.e.            How you have lived the Word of life.)


6. We discus what can be done by the group in relation to the Word of God for the good of the family, or community.

   a. Report on previous tasks

   b. Which new task has to be done? Who is doing what and when?


7. We pray together spontaneously

   a. We end with a prayer or hymn we know by heart



Disciples of Jesus Ministry

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fairfield, Californi


What is a Bible Exhibit?

A bible exhibit aims to familiarize the viewers with many things that have to do with the bible. For example, many versions of the Bible could be displayed for viewing. Pictures of biblical characters could also be shown. They may have been taken from illustrated tools or they can be drawn by students or seminarians like the examples attached herewith. The process on how the bible came about can be included too. Whatever materials available which you think can help people in relation to the study, the reflection, the discussion on the bible can find their place in a bible exhibit. Real life characters dressed in biblical costumes can also add life to the exhibit. They can answer questions asked by the viewers. How about that?



At your service




This has something to do with a whole day’s proclamation of the good news from books of the bible. This is aimed at proclamation of the message of salvation which can attract hearers if the readers do not just read but really proclaim. This is why you have to choose the readers and you have to practice them very well. Since it is the year of the Laity, I suggest that the lay people take active participation in this endeavor.


How do we do this?

1.     Choose a public place properly donned for the continuous proclamation of the good news. See sample in the attached pictures.

2.     Choose which books will be read continuously for the day from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or beyond.

3.     Choose which version of the bible you will use for the reading.

4.     Choose the readers, inform them of what they will read and what time they should be in the venue.

5.     Print the verses to be read and distribute them to the readers for reading, however, when on stage, they have to read from the BOOK which is on the podium on stage. The printed verse/s given to the readers is for them to practice reading. What they practice should be the same as what they will read/proclaim on stage.

6.     Keep an atmosphere of silence, solemnity and reflection at least in the area where the reading/proclamation is done.

7.     Start with a prayer, reflection on why we have this activity. Try to involve many groups from various sectors. A meeting with these groups or their representatives should precede this activity for proper coordination.

8.     Have substitutes ready just in case the readers fail to come for one reason or the other.



Committees needed:

1.     Preparation – to decide the venue, ask permission from proper authorities, prepare the stage (decorate it, provide a podium, a bible with big letters (as much as possible), flowers, etc). Prepare also seats for the readers and the listeners. Prepare the texts to be read too.

2.     Sounds and lights– make sure that the sound system works well and that there is proper lighting in the venue. There should always be someone to come to the rescue (stand by) in case problems arise with the sounds and lights.

3.     Assist team – they see to it that the readers are in proper sequence. They line them up for orderly and timely reading of the next text/s to be proclaimed. They also ensure that the audience are quiet and maintain a reflective mood during the whole event. They have nurses and medicine kits ready in case of emergencies.

4.     Security – they take charge of the security of the people and the area where the proclamation is held

5.     Steering committee – they make decisions on the whole activity and ensure the effectivity and efficiency of the whole event to the best of their ability.

Attached are pictures of the activity which is called “I Proclaim” !!!




Frequently Asked Questions


i-Proclaim!  : A Continuous Oral Reading of God’s Word


What is the Reading Format?


i-Proclaim!  reading is to be verbal, out-loud.

Set the coverage of the reading: the whole Bible, New Testament, Gospels, Psalms, etc. Whatever is agreed upon, everyone present at the end of the Bible Proclamation usually read the last chapter together in unison.

No single person reads on and on. The goal is to have as many different people read as possible. When there is a large number of people wanting to read, a reader may read only a few verses. However, during the early morning hours when there may be fewer people around, the readers might take on several chapters.

A Bible proclamation is not a contest to see how fast or how long one person can read. The readings must be clear and understandable and encourage meditation and reflection.

There must be no preaching or comments on passages. Every participant must abide by this rule, no exemption on rank, popularity or status of reader.


How long does it take to read? (plain reading, no musical numbers)

New Testament 20-23 hours
Whole Bible about 72 hours


Shorter Readings

It is also possible to do only part reading or just specific books of the Bible i.e. Romans, Psalms, and John.


Where can you hold an i-Proclaim!

Public plaza/park                                            
Parking lots                                                        

Shopping Mall



Who may join an i-Proclaim! Bible Proclamation?

Churches from different confessions and denominations—are encouraged to join in the reading. Ecumenism is the key.


Individuals, groups and organizations interested in glorifying God through a public reading of God's Word.

The purpose is to turn our focus to the Lord Jesus alone and to honor God’s Word. No campaigning, grandstanding or fundraising may be conducted other than to support the production and distribution of Bibles under the May They Be One Bible Campaign.

What happens during i-Proclaim! besides reading?

People listen and do not fellowship while reading is ongoing
Bible distributions
Gospel sharing during breaks
Eating –churches usually provide food and drinks for the readers

Some sleeping in the early morning hours

 Sign-up Bible

At each reading the reader signs the "sign-up Bible" next to the passage(s) they read. This Bible will be presented to the local official or church where the reading took place as a token.



An i-Proclaim! Bible Proclamation can be simple or complex depending on your goal and intention. You will need to consider the following general areas:

  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Set-up
  • The reading proper
  • Follow-up on those who participated

Questions to help you focus

  • Will you read the New Testament or whole Bible?
  • Will reading be in a non-church, public setting?
  • How wide of participation by churches?
  • How many and which local churches will you have participate?
  • Do you need permission/authorization to read?
  • Are permits needed?
  • Can security for the readers be arranged? (Many young people will want to stay the whole time.)
  • Do you want to distribute Bible?
  • How many chairs? Tables? Restrooms? Lighting?
  • Who will set-up? Dismantle and clean up?
  • What if it rains?
  • Contact media for advertisement?
  • Is funding needed for supplies, security personnel, lighting...
  • How will you schedule people or groups to be responsible to supervising the reading?
  • What translation will you use?
  • Will any one in governmental and/or civic organization participate?
  • Will you need a microphone and public address system?
  • Are you planning too big? Too small?
  • Most importantly, will this public reading of God's Word bring glory and honor to God?

While an i-Proclaim! public reading is serious WORK, it should also be fun, enjoyable and memorable. The participants must leave with a feeling of having personally experienced the Word and desire for further personal engagement with the Scriptures.


Some Trivia

The first recorded event of this type is described in the Old Testament (Tanach) Book of Nehemiah (chapters 8 and 9). The priest Ezra assembled the returning exiled Israelites to stand in the center of the city (Jerusalem) to hear the reading of the Torah (Five Books of Moses).

President George H. Bush signed a proclamation declaring 1990 to be the International Year of Bible Reading. The nineties soon became the “Decade of Bible Reading” and world-wide Marathons were launched. Bible reading marathons have been conducted on the steps of the Washington D. C. National Capitol, state capitols and county courthouses, school campuses, and city parks among other places. 

In Rome in 2008, a Bible Reading marathon was conducted at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme Church. The one week nonstop reading of the Bible interspersed with religious music was led by the Pope himself, reading from the Vatican. Readers including Roberto Benigni, known for his movie Life is Beautifu, and other Italian celebrities totaled about 1200 – both Catholics and people of other faiths. They read through all the 73 books of the Catholic Bible.

The Canadian Bible Society has been conducting Bible Proclamations all over the country since 1995. At that time, 200 readers came together to read the Holy Scriptures in 12 different languages. It has grown since and in 2001, more than 60 communities coast to coast had participated.


















TOTAL – 100%






WALK FOR A BIBLE VERSE- January 25, 2014


1.      To hone the participants’ ability to locate verses in the bible.

2.      To invite participants to a reflection on a chosen verse in the bible.

3.      To challenge the interpersonal intelligence of the participants.

4.      To introduce a way of reflecting on a bible verse.

For this activity all participants are advised to bring their bibles.

The preparation committee will write or type the chapters and verses found below.

(See references in the next page)

They will cut and roll each of these and put them in a container.

They call on the participants to gather together in a place where they could have the Bible Enthronement.


1.      Bible Enthronement

2.      Each participant will draw from the container a piece of rolled paper to see what bible story she/he will have to read

3.      After reading the story she/he received, he/she will meditate on it as she/he walks in silence towards a place designated by the preparation committee. (The participants should not bump into each other). From that point they continue to walk in silence back to their place of origin.

4.      When everybody has come back to their original places, they choose a partner with whom they could walk together towards the designated place again while sharing what they meditated on.

Guide Questions: (Samples only)

1.      (On what you read)> what is the story about?

2.      Who are the characters and what is said about each character?

3.      What did they do and what are the consequences of their actions?

4.      Did you like the story? Why? Why not?

5.      What verse in the story did you choose for reflection and meditation? Why?

6.      The pair pray for one another (alternately).




Stories in the Bible

Old Testament

Creation universal

Genesis 1:1-25

Creation of mankind

Genesis 1:26-31

Adam formed

Genesis 2:7-8

Eve made

Genesis 2:20-25

Garden of Eden

Genesis 3

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4

Noah's flood

Genesis 6 to 8

God's blessings and covenant with Noah

Genesis 9:1-17

Tower of Babel

Genesis 11:1-9

Abraham's call

Genesis 12:1-3

God's covenant with Abraham

Genesis 15

Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Genesis 18:16 to 19:29

Isaac's birth

Genesis 21:1-8

Sacrifice of Isaac (Abraham being tested)

Genesis 22:1-19

Marriage of Isaac

Genesis 24

Birth of Jacob and Esau

Genesis 25:19-26

Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for food

Genesis 25:27-34

Jacob and Rebekah's deception of Isaac and Esau for Isaac's blessing

Genesis 27:1-40

Jacob's ladder vision

Genesis 28:10-22

Jacob's wrestle with the angel and has his named changed to Israel

Genesis 32:24-32

Israel's (Jacob) trouble in the land

Genesis 34, 35 and 37

Three burials: Deborah, Rachel and Isaac

Genesis 35

Joseph's coat, dreams and sold by his brothers for twenty pieces of silver

Genesis 37

Israel (Jacob) blesses his twelve sons and then dies

Genesis 49

Birth of Moses and found by Pharaoh's daughter

Exodus 2:1-10

Moses kills an Egyptian, goes to Midian and gets a wife

Exodus 2:11-25

Burning bush - God speaks to Moses

Exodus 3:1 to 4:17

Egypt's nine plagues

Exodus 7:14 to 10:29

Tenth plague against Egypt threatened

Exodus 11

The Passover instituted

Exodus 12:1-20

The Passover communicated

Exodus 12:21-28

Tenth plague against Egypt inflicted

Exodus 12:29-30

The Exodus - God's deliverance of Israel

Exodus 12:31-51

Crossing the Red sea

Exodus 14

The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:1-17

Golden calf made by Aaron

Exodus 32

Spies sent to Canaan

Numbers 13:1 to 14:45

City of Jericho

Joshua 6

Deborah and Barak

Judges 4


Judges 6:1 to 8:35


Judges 13:1 to 16:31

Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:4-20


Ruth 1:1 to 4:22

Samuel's birth

I Samuel 1

Hannah's (Samuel's mom) prayer to the Lord

I Samuel 2:1-10

David chosen by God

I Samuel 16:1-13

David and Goliath

I Samuel 17

David anointed king of Judah

II Samuel 2:1-11

David anointed king of Israel

II Samuel 5:1-12

David and Bathsheba

II Samuel 11

God is displeased with David

II Samuel 12:1-14

Solomon anointed king

I Kings 1:28-40

God's first appearance to Solomon

I Kings 3:2-15

God's second appearance to Solomon

I Kings 9:1-9

Queen of Sheba

I Kings 10:1-13

God is angry with Solomon

I Kings 11

Elijah and the prophets of Baal

I Kings 18:17-40

Elijah taken to heaven

II Kings 2:1-11

Job afflicted by Satan

Job 1:1 to 2:13

God speaks to Job

Job 38:1 to 42:9

God blesses Job

Job 42:10-13

Ezekiel's vision of dry bones

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Daniel and the kings food

Daniel 1:1-16

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego put in the fiery furnace

Daniel 3

Daniel put in the lions den

Daniel 6

Jonah in the belly of the fish

Jonah 1:1 to 2:10

Here is a list of some of the greatest New Testament Bible stories.

New Testament Bible stories

Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1

Birth of Jesus Christ

Matthew 1:1 to 2:23 Luke 1:26-56 and 2:1-52

Temptation of Jesus Christ in the wilderness

Matthew 4:1-11 Luke 4:1-13

Sermon on the mount

Matthew 5:1 to 7:29

Jesus Christ calming the storm

Matthew 8:23-27

Mark 4:35-41

Luke 8:22-25

Jesus Christ feeding five thousand

Matthew 14:15-21 Luke 9:12-17

Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

Mark 9:2-10 Luke 9:28-36

Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11 Mark 11:1-11 Luke 19:29-44

Cleansing the temple of money changers

Matthew 21:12-16 Luke 19:45-46

Last supper

Matthew 26:14-29 Mark 14:12-25 Luke 22:8-38 John 13:1 to 17:26

Lord before Pilate and crucifixion

Matthew 27:11-54 Mark 15:1-39 Luke 23:1-47 John 18:28 to 19:30

Empty tomb and appearances

Matthew 28 Mark 16 Luke 24 John 20:1 to 21:15


Luke 24:51-53 Acts 1:1-11

Paul's conversion

Acts 9:1-30








Your culminating activity could be a bible parade and/or a bible run.

For Bible Run please go to our website http://www.ecba-cbcp.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=14595184 for a sample

Bible Parade/Run


1.      To give witness to our Christian faith and convictions through a public display of characters in the bible.

2.      To deepen/enhance/ strengthen community spirit through a common activity which involves many participants

3.      To bring people to an awareness of many biblical characters.


1.      Prepare for the activity with meetings with the prospective participants or the organizers.

2.      Explain what the activity is all about, a culmination of the celebration of Bible Week. Remember that this is a faith activity, a part of the bible week celebration therefore the focus should not be on the entertainment part but on the faith component.

3.      The participants in the parade will choose or will be assigned to dress like one of the characters in the bible. A group can also dress themselves as groups, f.e. the soldiers of Antipas or the rabbis, etc. They can have identification tags to identify themselves so that the public will know who they are.

4.      Or they can hide their identity until they reach the place (stage) where they will congregate. They will have a program where there can be conversations among the characters on stage. Ex. 3 characters can go on stage or called to go on stage and they ask questions to one another like;

Character 1.     Oh, you look like a queen. Are you a queen?

Character 2.     Of course I am a queen. I am queen Esther.

Character 3.     Yes she is queen Esther, my niece. I am Mordecai.  Did you hear anything about me? Etc.

5.      You can end up with an agape (celebration or feast and of course a closing prayer afterwards, thanking everybody who worked for the success of the affair.)


Please see our website for pictures of a Bible Parade done in San Fernando, Pampanga under the leadership of Fr. Jess Layug.



Good luck!!!




The aims of this activity are the following:

1.      To proclaim a bible story

2.      To give a summary to this bible story

3.      To give a tune to this bible story

4.      To enhance the musical and verbal intelligences of the participants.




 CRITERIA for JUDGING (Suggestions)

1.       Content (must be a story from the bible, summarized with the essential points of the story, participants must know where the story is found in the Bible) – 40%

2.       Presentation (how the story was sung according to the mood of the story. Do the faces of the singers/presentors depict what is highlighted in the story?) 30%

3.       Creativity (How much creativity was invested in the presentation? What is new in the presentation? ) 20%


Total – 100%