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.

Reflections on the Readings for Week 29 Ordinary Time

Fr. Sean Hall's Reflections on the Readings for Week 29 Ordinary Time can be read here.

Diocesan Day of Scripture

On Friday 19 June we held a Diocesan Day of Scripture, as part of our 2020 Year of the Word celebrations.

All the sessions are still available to watch through our YouTube Playlist, alternatively, click on the individual links below. Each video has subtitles available that can be turned on in the settings.

Welcome and Introduction:


Office of Readings:

LinkPrayer resource

Lectio Divina:

LinkPrayer resource

Scripture for Children:

LinkPrayer resource

Visio Divina:


Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible:

LinkPrayer resource

The Scriptural Rosary:


The Lindisfarne Gospels:


Promoting a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land:


Bible, Belief and Belonging:


Closing Prayer: Imaginative Contemplation:


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 latest Year of the Word updates and resources from the Bible Society can be read 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:

The Feast of St. Jerome

We celebrate St. Jerome’s Feast day 30 September and the 1,600 anniversary of his death. A major new artwork commissioned to celebrate St. Jerome's astonishing achievement commissioned by the Bible Society and the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Created by Portsmouth based artist Pete Codling, 'Little Bits of God' tells the story of the Bible using the smalti mosaic technique developed in ancient Byzantium. See the attached Press Release. We also have a new video of our artist Pete Codling, talking about his creation from St. John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.

October’s theme is Bible translation in word and art. Find out more here.

Two super articles on the process of Bible translation and our faith can be found following these links – revelation and reception how do we translate the bible and translation and transformation.

Find out about a fun schools' photo challenge here.

New in ‘Our Dioceses’:

Check out these online communities across our Dioceses.

Watch the Mission project series (Every People and Every Nation) from Westminster Diocese with readings in different languages all on Mission.

Scripture for Catholics (booklet)