Word of God Sunday

Q. This past Sunday (January 24) it was announced at Mass that we were observing on that day “The Sunday of the Word of God.” What exactly is this celebration?


A. On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis instituted “The Sunday of the Word of God” to be held every year on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time, through the Apostolic Letter Aperuit illis, in the form of a motu proprio (a document issued on his own initiative and signed personally). The Pope intends for the day to be dedicated to the celebration, reflection, and dissemination of Scripture.


A note released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and signed by the prefect, Cardinal Robert Sarah, explains that The Sunday of the Word of God is a means to help people “reawaken an awareness of the importance of Sacred Scripture for our lives as believers, beginning with its resonance in the liturgy which places us in living and permanent dialogue with God.”