MANILA, Dec. 8, 2015 – Philippine Bible Society (PBS) General Secretary Dr. Nora G. Lucero has revealed the theme for the National Bible Week (NBW) celebrations on Jan. 25 to 31, 2016, saying it will focus on “God’s Word: Strength of the Family, Hope of the Nation” and the activities in line for the event.
“As we continue to coordinate with our partners from different locales all over the country, we will also promote other meaningful ways for our kababayans to participate in the celebration and to proclaim God’s Word in their communities,” shares Lucero in a recent PBS press release.
According to her, PBS is prepared various activities for the celebration, among which is the iProclaim, a public reading of Scriptures.
Lucero went on to present suggested ways individuals, families, local churches, and organizations can celebrate God’s Word in their communities .
Some of the activities suggested include: displaying of NBW posters and streamers featuring Bible verses in church or school bulletin boards, organizing of sports events, holding of Bible rallies, concerts, or song and dance competitions in town plazas as well as lobbying before local legislature for the enactment of a law supporting the annual NBW celebration.
The NBW 2016 theme is inspired in part by Psalm 33:12 in the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), which reads: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people chosen as his inheritance,” as well as by Acts 16:31 in the Good News Translation (GNT), which reads, “They answered, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your family.”
Frontlined by PBS, the annual NBS celebration is decreed by Presidential Proclamations 2242, 44, and 1067 which aims to raise people’s awareness on the importance of the Holy Book.
The week-long proclamation of God’s Word is culminated by the celebration of “National Bible Sunday” on Jan. 31, 2016 that is expected to feature messages and homilies during Church services and Masses focusing on the theme. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)