What is May They Be One Bible Campaign?
May They Be One Bible Campaign is a nationwide program which aims to put a Bible in every home and encourage Filipinos to read and live the Bible resulting in the transformation of the Philippines.
Why undertake such a Campaign?
May They Be One is our response to the prayer of Christ for all His children to ‘be one,’ (John 17:21) since unity is vital for making the Word of God accessible, understandable, respected and lived. It is also a call for oneness in individuals, families, and communities resulting in unity among various sectors in working for national transformation.
Who is behind this Campaign?
The Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is spearheading the campaign in partnership with the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) and other churches.
May They Be One is inspired by the World Synod of Bishops in Rome on October 2-26, 2008 which had its theme, “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, President of CBCP and Walter Cardinal Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity wrote letters of endorsement for the campaign.
How will the campaign work?
The May They Be One Campaign aims to raise sufficient funds within the Philippines and overseas, to enable at least P5m Bibles to be printed and sold at the subsidized price of P50 each. Full production cost of a Bible is P150. About 20% of all Bibles to be printed will be given away free at the discretion of affiliated local parish priest or pastor.
When does the Bible campaign begin?
May They Be One was launched with a Con celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Sept. 30, 2008. It was an ecumenical service to seek God’s blessing on the campaign and a send-off for the four Bishops, led by PBS President Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, who attended the Synod in Rome. A special May They Be One Bible was dedicated during the service where representatives from various sectors were invited.
How can I be part of this Bible campaign?
You can become a Friend of the Bible Society and help put a Bible in every home in the Philippines.
As a Friend of the Bible Society, you will be asked to do 3 things:
- Pray once a week in church or a t home for those who are involved in translation and distribution of God’s Word.
- Agree to tell friends and family about the work of ECBA and Philippine Bible Society.
- Give a minimum donation of P450 each year towards the cost of putting three Bibles into the homes of fellow Filipinos. [maxbutton id=”8″]
In return for being a Friend, we will do 3 things for you:
- Pray for you at our special weekly prayer and devotion times.
- Agree to keep you regularly informed on the progress of this task.
- Present you with a special certificate to recognize your support.