Bible Sunday Celebrations held in the Diocese of Bellary

Bible Sunday was meaningfully celebrated in the Diocese of Bellary on Jan 24, well organized by the Diocesan Commission for Bible. At the solemn Eucharistic celebration held at St. Antony’s Cathedral, Ballari on Sunday, Jan 24, in his homily Bishop Henry D’Souza urged every family to have a “family Bible” which should be used at daily family prayer. The same family Bible may be handed on to generations. Reminding the great Biblical exhortation in the Holy Bible (Deut 6: 4-8), Bishop quoted, “The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” He urged all Catholics to personally possess a copy of at least the New Testament and make it a daily habit to read it, meditate on it and derive inspiration from it for daily life.”

He insisted on promoting a culture of reading the Bible daily personally and at family prayer, without fail. Bible Commission Secretary, Fr. Alphonse George prepared the liturgical notes in Kannada for the Eucharistic Celebration and circulated in the diocese.

Bishop Henry D’Souza appreciated and thanked the initiative of the Bible Commission, Chairperson Sr. Teresa Peter FS, Secretary Fr. Alphonse George and their collaborators for taking initiative to organize the celebration meaningfully. The commission also organized Bible Quiz competition. People participated enthusiastically; winners were presented with copies of the New Testament.

Many parishes celebrated the Bible Sunday with meaningful liturgical celebrations and Bible Quiz etc. The Bible Commission running Bible classes on Sundays regularly at St. Antony’s Cathedral campus.

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