Reading the Bible by yourself can be really challenging and discouraging, so that is why reading and meditating upon it in a group offers many benefits. Jesus Christ said: ” For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). Our weekly meetings are about reading together and meditating upon the Liturgy of the Word (first reading, psalm, second reading, gospel) for the upcoming Sunday, as a spiritual preparation to participate in the Holy Mass. The meetings are open to everyone, including all the pilgrims visiting our Shrine. If you want to join us, all you need is an open heart to God’s word and to others, some spare time, and we recommend that you bring your own Bible (you can also use a Sunday missalette or an App with liturgical readings on your cell phone).
Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.St. Jerome
The meetings take place every Sunday at 12:15 P.M.
in the Conference Room, at the Visitor Center Building
(located between the Shrine Museum and our gift shop)
PRAYER OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
O Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart that I may hear your Word,
and understand and do your will, for I am a sojourner upon the Earth.
Hide not your commandments from me, but open my eyes,
that I may perceive the wonders of your Law.
Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of your wisdom.
On you do I set my hope, O my God, that you shall enlighten
my mind and understanding with the light of your knowledge;
not only to cherish those things which are written, but to do them;
For you are the enlightenment of those who lie in darkness,
and from you comes every good deed and every gift.
Jesus, power and wisdom of God,
inspire in us a love for Sacred Scripture
in which is heard the voice of the Father
which enlightens, inflames, nourishes and consoles.
Word of the living God,
renew missionary zeal in the Church,
that all peoples may come to know you,
true Son of God and true son of man,
the one mediator between man and God.