Trudition One – According to the Catholic Church – The Bible is the Word of God

Vatican II (1965-1966)

Chapter 1
General Principals for the restoration and promotion of the Sacred Liturgy

1.3A.24 Sacred scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy. For it is from it that lessons are read and explained in the homily, and psalms are sung. It is from the scriptures that the prayers, collects and hymns draw their inspiration and their force, and that actions and signs derive their meaning. Hence in order to achieve the restoration, progress, and adaptation of the sacred liturgy it is essential to promote that sweet and living love for sacred scripture to which the venerable tradition of Eastern and Western rites gives testimony.

1.3C.35.1 In sacred celebrations a more ample, more varied, and more suitable reading from scripture should be restored.

1.3C.35.4 Bible services should be encouraged

The other sacraments and the sacramentals.

62. With the passage of time, however, there have crept into the rites of the sacraments.and sacramentals features which have rendered their nature and purpose far from clear to the people of today


Chapter 1
Some general principals of particular importance in instructing the people of God in the mystery of the Eucharist

Section E The different modes of Christ’s presence

In order that they should achieve a deeper understanding of the the mystery of the Eucharist, the faithful should be instructed in the principal ways in which the Lord is present in His in liturgical celebrations.
43 He is present too in a body of the faithful gathered in his name(ct. Mt. 18:20). He is present too, in his Word for it is he who speaks when the scriptures are read in the church.

Section F The Connection between the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist

….47 For “the teaching of the Word is necessary for the very administration of the sacraments, in as much as they are sacraments of faith, which is born of the Word and fed by it.” 48 This is especially true of the celebration of Mass,…

Section G. The priesthood Common to All the faithful and Ministerial Priesthood in the Celebration of the Eucharist.

The more clearly the faithful understand the place I occupy in the Liturgical community and the part they have to play in the Eucharistic action, the more conscious and fruitful will be the active participation which is proper in that community.
51. Catechetical instruction should therefore explain the doctrine of the royal priesthood to which the faithful are consecrated by rebirth and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 2.9

9. Sacred Tradition and sacred scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine well spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing, and move towards the same goal. Sacred scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit. And Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God, which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the Apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound and spread it abroad by their preaching Thus it comes about that the Church does not draw her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Hence, both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal feelings of devotion and reverence


105 God is the Author of Sacred Scripture. ‘The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit….
106 God inspired the human authors of the sacred books. “To compose the sacred books, God chose certain men who, all the while he employed them in this task, made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more.”
107 The inspired books teach the truth. “Since therefore all that the inspired authors or sacred writers affirm should be regarded as affirmed by the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the Sacred Scriptures.”

136 God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors; he acts in them and by means of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings teach without error his saving truth

304 And so we see the Holy Spirit, the principal author of Sacred Scripture

1349 The Liturgy of the Word includes “the writings of the prophets,” that is, the Old Testament, and “the memoirs of the apostles” (their letters and the Gospels). After the homily, which is an exhortation to accept this Word as what it truly is, the Word of God, and to put it into practice

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