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Sunday of the Word of God

On September 30, 2019, on the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome, Pope Francis announced that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time would be celebrated as the Sunday of the Word of God. The inspiring full text of his Apostolic Letter, “Aperuit illis: Instituting the Sunday of the Word of God” is contained in the link below. This year it will fall on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

In the Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass, we are reminded of the role of the Word of God in the life of the Church:

In the hearing of God's word the Church is built up and grows, and in the signs of the

liturgical celebration God's wonderful, past works in the history of salvation are presented anew as mysterious realities. God in turn makes use of the congregation of the faithful that celebrates the Liturgy in order that his word may speed on and be glorified and that his name be exalted among the nations.

Whenever, therefore, the Church, gathered by the Holy Spirit for liturgical celebration, announces and proclaims the word of God, she is aware of being a new people in whom the covenant made in the past is perfected and fulfilled. Baptism and confirmation in the Spirit have made all Christ's faithful into messengers of God's word because of the grace of hearing they have received. They must therefore be the bearers of the same word in the Church and in the world, at least by the witness of their lives.

The word of God proclaimed in the celebration of God's mysteries does not only address

present conditions but looks back to past events and forward to what is yet to come. Thus God's word shows us what we should hope for with such a longing that in this changing world our hearts will be set on the place where our true joys lie (Preamble, 7).

We invite everyone to read Pope Francis Apostolic Letter "Aperit Illis" by clicking on the link below.



El 30 de septiembre de 2019, en la memoria litúrgica de San Jerónimo, el Papa Francisco anunció que el Tercer Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario se celebraría como el Domingo de la Palabra de Dios. El texto completo de su Carta Apostólica, “Aperuit illis: Institución del Domingo de la Palabra de Dios” está contenido en el enlance de abajo. Este año se celebrara el domingo 23 de enero de 2022.


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