Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

The God Who Speaks – A Year of the Word


Materials for people to use are being developed by people around the Diocese.

Diocesan Day of Prayer – Lectio Divina

As we celebrate the Year of the Word, a real gift for praying with Scripture is the approach known as Lectio Divina or Holy reading. This step by step guide walks you through the simplicity and beauty of this way of praying with the bible. As we find ourselves in the middle of the pandemic the scriptures have much to say and teach us, Lectio Divina enables everyone to sit down with their bible and to listen to God speak.

Bible Society Resource and Updates

The Bible Society have shared their latest updates and resources, which includes materials and ideas for Ascension and Pentecost, Home Alone with St. Jerome, Children's Bible stories projects, The Word at Home and the God Who Speaks artwork. Read more here.

Blessing of Bibles

On 26 January 2020, we celebrate the first “Sunday of the Word of God”. Pope Francis has declared that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time be devoted to ‘the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God’. It is very timely that this first celebration of it falls in our national ‘Year of the Word: the God Who Speaks’. One way that it could be marked in parishes/partnerships is with a Blessing of Bibles. The text for one is available to view here (pdfword).

The God Who Speaks - Through Art

Sr. Michael has prepared a Praying with Biblical Paintings resource, which explores how the paintings in various galleries and museums across the North East can help us to pray with the Word of God. She takes us on a journey to show how the Bible, in fact, has always inspired artists and their interpretation of an event in Scripture can shed new light on a familiar event in Scripture and help us in our prayer.

Her Praying with Biblical Paintings booklet combines her thoughts for the galleries and museums she visited. Alternatively, you can select one of the following booklets, which represents each location to download or read befre visiting each location.

Finally, there is a booklet dedicated to Mary.

Sophie Taylor is developing resources on lectio divina for young people and we hope to have more ideas for praying with Scripture for all ages available during the course of the Year.

If your community or Partnership come up with a great idea worth sharing, please get in touch so that we can make it available to others!

Pauline Books and Media:

All ‘Bible society’ resources are available for parishes to order through Pauline Books and Media at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle.

Email: or tel:0191 231 6040.

They are offering a 10% discount and free postage and packing.

Young Christian Workers:

YCW (Young Christian Workers) have produced a handbook, an excerpt of which can be read or downloaded. The Gospel Enquiry section looks at many aspects of the Gospel readings; Jesus as a young man, His followers and His mission. It explores some key passages from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, asking some key questions that encourages readers to reflect on what they mean to them and actions they can take as a result.

If you would like to find out more about the work undertaken by YCW, please visit their website.

National Resources:

Pope Francis announces a ‘Sunday of the Word of God

Read Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio, a personal decree of the Pope – titled ‘Aperuit illis’ now.

Bishops' Conference:

Scripture for Catholics (booklet)