May They Be One Bible Campaign
Handwritten ‘Unity’ Bible Project
Why write a Bible by Hand?
Who can Participate?
The Handwritten Bible
- have a ‘Reception Area’ where people can be welcomed and registered
- be quiet and reflective for people as they write their verses
- have tables and chairs ensuring there is enough space and light for each person to write comfortably (depending on age and ability, some individuals will need help)
- have a small exhibition of Scripture resources
- have an area away from the Writing Stations where some light refreshments will be provided so that the people who are writing will not be distracted.
Preserving our Handwritten Bible
We are inviting churches, schools, organizations and groups interested in values transformation and Bible advocacy to participate. Our aim is to create at least one complete Handwritten “Unity” Bible, copied by tens of thousands of people.
In this way, we hope that people of all ages and backgrounds will more readily appreciate the special gift that is ours in the Scriptures.
INTRODUCTION TO THE H.U.B.
The WORD OF GOD who has called us all today WELCOMES YOU ALL!
Yes, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, you who have come here, have been called by the LIVING WORD who touches all men of good will! Blessed be the Lord! Amen!
Today as we celebrate the 2nd anniversary of our MAY THEY BE ONE BIBLE (MTBO), we renew our commitment to LOVE more and to PROMOTE more the written Word. We call and challenge all who desire that all of us who believe in Jesus Christ may work for Christian Unity and the social transformation of our beloved country based on the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On this 2nd year of our MTBO Bible Campaign we embark on a historic project, THE HAND WRITTEN UNITY BIBLE, to further our love and commitment to the Word that unites peoples and the Word that calls us to make our society more truly Christian. Through this project we shall invite different groups and sectors of our Philippine society to become one in producing a Bible written by hand, in our Philippine languages and in English. We hope and pray that this hand written Bible may make us appreciate all the more our Christian heritage and impel us to make our people be more drawn to the Bible.
To date we have distributed a total of 240,343 bibles of our targeted 5 million bibles in 5 years. About 854 parishes and communities in 76 Archdioceses and Dioceses all over the country have joined us in our MTBO bible campaign. Through this HUB that we now launch we hope and pray that more bible animators and promoters may work harder for the distribution of more bible, especially for our poor brothers and sisters in Christ.
It is our belief that through this HUB we may become a covenanted people, a people who make the Word of God the basis and foundation of life!
All ye who love the Word of God, all ye who wish to bring a social and Christian transformation our country, all ye who wish to make the prayer of Jesus “MAY THEY BE ONE, FATHER, AS WE ARE ONE!” WELCOME!
Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD
Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
Vice Chairman - ECBA
September 30, 2010
The Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) is a pastoral commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) whose area of competence and service is the biblical-pastoral ministry in its five-fold ministries of:
Animating Biblical-Pastoral Formation (ABPF),
Organizing Bible Celebration (OBC),
Promoting Bible Translation (PBT),
Assisting Bible Production (ABP),
Coordinating Bible Distribution (CBD).
A Community of Disciples
nourished by the Word of God,
Witnessing to the Gospel,
and Striving to be a Church
that is poor and for the poor,
with Mary, Mother of the Word, as model.
We commit ourselves to a new Evangelization based on the Word of God proclaimed, accepted, celebrated and meditated upon in the Church. We will live and proclaim the Word as Good News to the Poor, let the Bible inspire all our pastoral work, and be guided by the teachings of Dei Verbum and Verbum Domini, and by the vision of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines.