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The Year of the Word

"We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life." 1 John 1:1

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

‘Today Jesus speaks those same words to you: “Take heart, I am here with you, allow me to enter and your life will change”. That is why the Lord gives you his word, so that you can receive it like a love letter…’ Pope Francis (zenit.org)

2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.

The God Who Speaks

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Official Prayer for the Year

Living God,

you walk alongside us and

speak to us throughout the Scriptures.

Your Son, Jesus Christ,

listens to our hopes and fears

and shows us how to live for one another.

Send us the Holy Spirit

to open our hearts and minds

so that we may be your witnesses

throughout the world


St Jerome

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The God Who Roars

St Jerome (Born: c.347 AD, Died: 420 AD) is a key figure in our campaign, he is renowned and praised for his many Commentaries on Scriptures.

Paintings of St Jerome often include his famous lion who, according to legend, guarded and assisted him in the wilderness after he pulled a thorn from the lion’s paw.

Follow the Lion’s tale…

To celebrate St Jerome's Anniversary, each class has their own lion. Children can share the scriptures from Mark's Gospel with their family at home, during the Year of the Word.

God who Roars
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