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Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

National Bible Week/ National Sunday Celebration

The Annual Celebration of National Bible Week for the Catholic Faithful started on the first week of Advent in 1972 as a way of participating in the International Book Year by the United Nations. The celebration every last week of January became official when President Corazon C. Aquino issued Proclamation No. 44. This was later followed up by President Fidel V. Ramos in PP 1067 which recognized that "national attention be focused on the importance of reading and studying the Bible in molding the spiritual, moral and social fiber of our citizenry." These two Presidential Proclamations were actually an affirmation of an earlier PP 1923 by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos on October 27, 1979, in recognition of the Bible as "an excellent source of principles for the development of moral and personal discipline" for Filipinos. Basic Ecclesial Communities and Churches come together in celebration through parades, motorcades, rallies, recollection, Bible Quizzes, symposia, ecumenical gatherings, bible enthronements and gospel sharing. Homilies focus on the yearly themes during the National Bible Sunday which is the culminating event of the week. Gospel festivals that carry the annual theme bring together the children, the young and the adults in a day of biblical song and music to celebrate the Word. Posters and streamers, radio programs and text message  call the attention of the public to this annual event of reading, praying, singing and dancing the Word of God.

 

NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK THEMES

2015

Sharing God’s Word, Empowering the Poor, Transforming the Land

Lk. 6:20, Ps. 41:1



2014 MAY THEY BE ONE

Engaging Every Family in Proclaiming and Living the Word

Matthew 7:24, Joshua 24:15b



2013 MAY THEY BE ONE

Proclaim the Word, Profess the Faith

2 Tim 4:2 NAB



2012 MAY THEY BE ONE

Proclaiming God’s Word Towards National Transformation

John 17:21, Jonah 3:1-10, Mt 5:13-16



2011 MAY THEY BE ONE

Becoming One Nation in the Steward of Creation

John 17:21, Psalm 8:3-6



2010 MAY THEY BE ONE

The Word of God is the Life and Mission of the Church

John 17:21



2009 May They Be One

John 17:21



2008

God’s Word: Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace

Micah 6:8, 2 Cor. 5:17-20



2007

God’s Word: The Standard of Justice and Right Living.

Prov. 14:34, 2 Tim 3:16,17



2006

God’s Word: Power for National Renewal.

Ps. 1:1-3, Titus 3:3-6



2005

God’s Word: Foundation of Unity and Transformation

Rom. 12:1-2, 4-5, Micah 4:3-4



2004

God’s Word: Living Hope and Lasting Peace

Lamentations 3:21-24, Romans 15:4-13



2003

The Word of God Strengthens Family Values

Gen. 1:27-28, Deut. 6:1-9, Eph 5:21 ? 6:4



2002

The Word of God Builds Up the Family

Deut. 4:9-10, Acts 20:32



2001

The Word of God: A Blessing for All Nations

Ps. 16 and Acts 2:28



2000

Word of God: Jesus Christ, Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Heb. 13:8, John 1:1-4



1999

God’s Word: Hope for Justice and Peace

Isa. 54:13-14



1998

Live God’s Word, Build a Better World

Luke 6:46-49

 

Presidential Proclamation - National Bible Week/Sunday