|Every Six Years |
For the past 28 years, the Biblical Apostolate developed steadily in the spiritof Dei Verbum. The biblical-pastoral activities of the local Church were strengthened through the different biblical formation programs that have been developed in the different regional biblical centers. Several biblical - pastoral modules have been developed for the on-going formation of lay bbles animators and facilitators that are distributed throughout the year.
The most popular biblical module is the "Basic Bible Seminar" -developed by John Paul I Biblical Centers. This booklet has been translated into Ilokano, Tagalog, Cebuano and into twenty languages in Asia, Oceana, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Many other modules have been developed either as an introduction or a follow-up of the Basic Bible Seminar (BBS). These modules vary according to the needs of the target groups. Some of the modules from the regional center are: Bible Orientation Seminar, Core Team Formation, Trainers Training Seminar, Biblical Institute , Bible Youth Camps, Basic Bible Seminar 2-3, Calapan Biblical Modules, Cebu Values & Leadership Seminars for Policemen with BBS, Bibliodrama Workshop and Retreats and many more.
The Catholic Media Network through the diocesan station and cable TV station opened Bible on the Air and similar biblical activities. All these attemps in growing in the Word function more efficiency when good coordination exists among the existing and functioning Episcopal Commission in the regional and/or diocesan levels. The Biblical Apostolate is always at the service of the local Church. It aims to make people more aware of the importance of building poeple who are centered on the Word of God and active in witnessing to the Word in the basic ecclesial communities.
Summer is the best season for rest and recreation. As for the bible animators anfacilitators, they enjoy gathering together as sister and brothers growing in the Word doing formation in the different biblical institutes in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
(for 25 years) In 1980, Rev. Fr. Norman Martin, SSS (1981-2006) designed and mimeographed 10,000 copies of a Catholic Daily Bible Reading Guide (CDBRG) as a tool of formation fr Catholic Laity . . In 1981 the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) General Secretary proposed it as a joint with CBCP, each sharing half the cost. With Cardinal Sin's go signal for the joint project on ecumenical cooperation, CBCP approved it in their 1983 annual assembly with the presumption that the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, in dialogue with the PBS, would prepare, facilities & coordinate its production.
It is creative way of presenting the Word of God in ways and means that are acceptable by Tribal Communities. This is a two (2) volume CD and Cassette tape collection of liturgical songs and indigenous music. Volume I - presents a complete set of liturgical songs composed by Tinggians the like of Elders Ama Bagayao. Augustin Bagayao and youth leader Elmer Tadeo. The lyrics are inspired by biblical texts from the book of Psalms and from the Gospels expressing forgiveness, praise and thanksgiving, worship and adoration. The biblical lyrics are intrinsically woven into varieties of Indegenous Salidummay melodies which is accompanied by the Tribal Rhythm of gongs and bamboo musical instruments . . . The cherubics voices of Tinggian children and young people from St. Joseph Choir (Bangilo) of Sta. Teresita Parish, Malibcong, Abra give one heavenly episode that comes out only as Good News.
Once described as "Lectio Divina" on stage, Bibliodrama is a wholistic approach in in interiorizing the Word of God. Originating from Europe, it utilizes various theater forms like dances, vignette, play and other exercise to enable one to be in touch with the Word. With ample moments of silence, reflection and processing, it seeks to discover the richness of the scriptures allowing text and one's own life to meet. With time for faith and life sharing and celebrating the Word in Liturgies, it seeks to build community through the Word and celebrate fullness of life with others.
Bibliodrama is an effective tool in bringing the Word of God powerfully to people. Through a facilitator, the participants enter into a selected biblical text where a gradual deepening is achieved by way of body movement, role play, dance and other creative forms and exercises. The process become a spiritual experience where a personal history, group life and faithful tradition draw power from the Word of God.
To celebrate the silver jubilee of the Biblical Apostolate in the Philippines, in coordination with Philippine Bible Society (PBS) ECBA launched the BEC Bible in 2004 during the First National Retreat for Priest. The Basic Ecclesial Community is Good News Bible written in Today's English Version. It is available in seven (7) local languages - namely, Tagalog, Ilokano, Cebuano, Bicol, Samarenyo, Hiligaynon and Pangasinan. The BECC Bible project was in pursuit of the implementation of pastoral vision of PCP II toward a new way of being Church. It is a program that encourages people to read, study, pray, live and share the Word of God together in families and in the neighborhood. A BEC can be sitio-based, barangay-based or parish-based, consisting 15-30 to 60 household. The community implements a holistic approach, wherein the spiritual needs and socio-econamic problems of the members are addressed.
It's provides a Dynamic and Contemporary Translation.A document on Basic Ecclesial Communities (nature, model, characteristics) by Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, OMI, DD is found at the back pages. The BEC Bible is equipped with different types of Gospel Sharing Methods that can be used in varied occassions by different kinds of people. These methods help people not so much to interpret the Bible but more so to interpret their lives in the light of the Word of God. The regular prctice of appropriate Gospel Sharing Methods makes the Christian communities alive and active. The BEC's aim to cultivate a Godly and responsible society that genuinely cares about social justice. It places importance in having a personal relationship with God that flows down into social involvement in peoples concern.
|Looking forward to the National Youth Day in Davao last November 8-12, 2006, we published and launched BEC Youth Bible in coordination with the Philippine Bible Society (PBS). Our young people make up 65% of the population. They are the builders of Philippine society. The strength of the nation is in young people with moral fiber and discipline. When these young people gather the Word of God regularly in prayer and reflection, they can transform the nation into a society of people who can relate with each other as sisters and brothers in peace and harmony, in freedom and justice, in love and in joy. Righteous living is experienced and lived among the youth in their small groups. The idea of basic ecclesial communities is already a reality among the youth in their peer groups.|
|The edition of this Bibles was commissioned by "Aid to the Church in Need" and "Papstliches Missionswerk der Kinder in Deutschland". These Bibles are intended as wonderful gifts to children and young people in order to nurture in them love and appreciation of the Word of God in their daily life. The editions contain selected scriptural texts both from the books of the Old Testaments and books from the New Testament. Using and reading these editions will help the child and the young person to have a complete overview of salvation history. Modules on how to use the Children's Bible have been produced by Mr. Charles Javier of Abra Biblical Apostolate, Bangued, Abra. These are available in English, Tagalog, Ilokano, Cebuano and Hiligaynon.|