Philippine Bible Society General Secretary Dr. Nora G. Lucero announced the theme for the National Bible Week (NBW) celebrations on January 23 to 29, 2017.
“This year, our NBW celebrations will revolve on the theme, ’The Bible: Hope for the Community’s Progress,’” Dr. Lucero shared. The theme is based on Psalm 133:1 in the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), which reads, “How good and how pleasant it is, when brothers dwell together as one,” and on Romans 12:4-5 in the Good News Translation (GNT), which says, “We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.”
Dr. Lucero added that PBS is lining up activities for the celebration, such as the i-Proclaim, a public reading of Scriptures. She also presented suggested ways that individuals, families, local churches, and organizations can do in their communities to celebrate God’s Word.
“As we continue to coordinate with our partners from different locales all over the country, we will also promote other meaningful ways for our kababayans to participate in the celebration and to proclaim God’s Word in their communities,” Dr. Lucero explained.
Among the activities suggested were: display NBW posters and streamers featuring Bible verses in church or school bulletin boards, organize sports events, hold Bible rallies, concerts, or song and dance competitions in their respective town plazas, as well as lobby to the local lawmaking body the enactment of a legislation supporting the annual NBW celebration.
Spearheaded by PBS, the annual National Bible Week celebration is decreed by Presidential Proclamations 2242, 44, and 1067 to raise people’s awareness on the importance of the Bible. The week-long proclamation of God’s Word is culminated by the celebration of National Bible Sunday that feature messages and homilies during Church services and Masses focusing on the theme. #