This year the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated as ‘The God Who Speaks – A Year of the Word’. The aim of this special time is ‘Celebrating, Living and Sharing God’s Word’.  It invites us to explore the most extraordinary book ever written.  Or rather, a collection of books.  In the Old Testament alone there are 46 books and, in the New Testament, 27 books.  A grand total of 73 books in the Bible altogether.

If you have never read any of the books of the Bible, this is the year to have a look.  Do not feel that you have to read it from beginning to end.  Dip into it.  Read a book here and there.  There’s an extraordinary range of texts, from history and poetry to stories and letters, to fascinate and inspire.

In school, all times of prayer and liturgy are focused on the Word of God in scripture. This year, we will celebrate God’s Word in the Bible and reflect on how we can live out what God is speaking to us. We will pray together the official prayer for the year, which is shown below:

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.

Amen