i-Proclaim 4! at the Historic Barasoain Church
The I-Proclaim! or continuous oral public reading of the Scriptures was staged once again by the Philippine Bible Society this time at the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan. The I-Proclaim! held last January 20 highlighted the National Bible Week 2014 celebration at the historic Barasoain Church, which is also known as the Cradle of Democracy in the East. The activity also jump- started the celebration of the 115th anniversary of the founding of the Malolos Republic. Over 250 readers including elementary, high school and college students, parish workers, nuns, lay ministers, evangelical pastors and bishops, as well as members and friends of the Bible Society from as far as Rizal, participated in the ecumenical reading to bring God’s Word closer to Filipinos.
The 8-hour continuous reading is similar to the Holy Week Pabasa but featured passages from different Bible versions such as from the “Ang Buhay ni Jesus Christ sa kwento ni Mark”, the Book of Mark in Pinoy version. This version, specifically targetted for young urbanites, uses modern Filipino expressions, making the format more enjoyable to read and listen to, and easier to understand especially for young readers.
The NBW theme for 2014, “Engaging Every Family in Proclaiming and Living the Word,” is a challenge to all Bible-beliving Filipinos to help raise awareness of the Bible. Individuals, churches, organizations and Local Government Units are encouraged to conduct activities such as the i-Proclaim in their organizations, cities and municipalities as part of their celebration. For more information on the National Bible Week and for ideas on how to celebrate, visit our website at http://www.bible.org.ph/.