What is the "Year of the Word"?
2020 was 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’.
Below you will find some examples of what the parish is did to celebrate this year.
Year of the Word Timeline
In each of the three churches in our parish, we have displayed a set of posters showing some of the main characters of the Hebrew Scriptures of the Bible. The more we get to know these characters and their stories, the more we will come to know Jesus Christ.
The posters were blessed at Mass on the 26th January 2020, the congregation reading the following prayer:
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.
V. Your word is our path and your truth is our light. R. This day and every day.
Our Lady of the Annunciation, pray for us.
St Matthew, pray for us.
St Jerome, pray for us.
The posters will stay in our churches throughout the year ahead.
You can watch a Prayer Reflection based around each the pictures by clicking the video below.
SS Peter and Paul was decorated with 7 Christmas trees, each representing a different time in the liturgical year. Next to each tree was a quote from scripture that corresponded to its seasonal theme. You can view these posters by clicking on the buttons underneath each of the images.
Christmas Tree Credits: Mr McCrae (Images and Graphics) - Mrs McCrae (Tree & Display Design) - Photographs taken at SS Peter and Paul RC Church, Wolverhampton.