In the report, the Mozambican Pauline Sister recounts how the event took place in the three Parishes of Nairobi Archdiocese saying the event “had a common sketch: Procession of the Bible at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word and Enthronement in a place decorated beforehand; Invitatory Litany; Blessing of the Proclaimers; (and) Prayer of the Commitment to the Word of God.”
“The Priests of these different Parishes underlined the importance (of proclaiming) the Word of God for the faithful, highlighting the relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture as essential to our identity as Christians,” the Nairobi-based FSP recounts in her report to ACI Africa.
Pope Francis instituted Sunday of the Word of God in his 30 September 2019 Apostolic Letter “Aperuit illis”, intending it to be a day dedicated to the celebration, reflection and dissemination of the Word by Catholics across the globe.
In his message for the Sunday of the Word of God, the Chairman of the Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Archbishop Anthony Muheria stated, “This is a great opportunity to catechize on knowing and listening to the Word of God.”
“We are still within the COVID-19 pandemic times and we may not be able to fully celebrate the Word of God. Nevertheless, following the invitation of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, we can still live some aspects to highlight the importance of the Word of God on this Third Sunday of Ordinary Time,” Archbishop Muheria noted in his message dated January 20.
In the message, the Kenyan Archbishop encouraged the people of God in the East African nation to “read every day a passage of the Scripture especially the New Testament; form and participate in Bible study groups, using good guides and commentaries to Scripture.”
He further invited the faithful to “pay attention and benefit from Scriptural reflection while encouraging the Clergy to anchor preaching on Scripture and to give assistance to those who lead the Liturgy in the absence of the Priest, by preparing good guides that help people to understand Scripture; and to buy good Catholic Bibles and promote the acquisition of good Catholic Bibles by many more Christians.”
In the January 26 report to ACI Africa, Sr. Massango notes that Priests in the three Parishes “used the biblical icons proposed by in Aperuit illis such as the disciples of Emaus, the public reading of the book of the Law by the people of Israel who returned to their homeland after the Babylonian exile, the Transfiguration, among others.”