Philippine Bible Society

The Light in the Blackest Night

In the blackest night of Saturday, a light glimmered. This is how I dramatically remembered the Service of the Light done in Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City. From a single flame emanating from the balcony of the Church, a new hope emerged. This singular hope became plural as the flames were distributed along. As I received the flame from the person beside me, I witnessed how faces shimmered with the received fire.
With this, I realized how sensitive our eyes are to the light. Light shows us the truth. We love light since darkness cannot give the truth we are facing. After all, Jesus is the light we seek. Jesus is the Truth that we should never miss or leave. Through the symbol of fire, we share the resurrected Word that became flesh. Through the symbol of fire, we share the truth of Jesus Christ reincarnated in our hearts. Fire is a concrete word of God – the glorious Christ.
It is interesting that such flame is not just a symbol of the glorious Christ. It is also the symbol of change. No wonder that the service of the light is the most dramatic liturgical service in the Easter Vigil since the flame symbolizes a change from sadness to joyful proclamation. From our mourning, we shout to the whole world of the rise of the Truth made flesh again in our hearts. Through the resurrection, we renew our covenant with God. Through this renewal of covenant with God, we experience the love and warmth of God pervading our personhood. This results to a renewed promise. The fire that we hold is our renewed promise to our God never to sin again. God is our light in the blackest night.
Written By: Br. Beaujorne Sirad Ramirez, OP, 2nd placer in PBS’ Holy Week Essay Writing Contest

I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society