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National Bible Week Resource Page

From November 15–21, 2015, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites families, parishes, schools, and other Catholic groups to participate in National Bible Week in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum. This year’s theme, “The Bible: A Book for the Family,” builds on this year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family and Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.

Below you will find resources from many different sources. Please give them all a peek and share these resources with your friends and family!

NEW-Iphone_appBrand new Ave Maria Radio app:

We just released a brand new version of our app and it is a completely new user experience. This app provides easy access to our live stream, audio and video on demand, as well as a totally new feature: a the Truth and Life Dramatized audio bible built right into the app! This bible is fully functional, giving you the ability to highlight and take notes, bookmark your favorite sections as well as have the New Testament read to you! Click this link here to go to our app page and find out how to download it now!

The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible: New Testament:

Elegantly blends voices, sound effects and an original music score to create an aural environment that will totally immerse you in the Scriptures. The literal English RSV-CE New Testament is ‘performed’ for you in radio drama style by more than 70 actors including international stars: Neal McDonough as “Jesus,” Julia Ormond as “Mary, Mother of God,” Blair Underwood as “Mark,” Stacy Keach as “John,” Michael York as “Luke,” Brian Cox as “The Voice of God,” Sean Astin as “Matthew,” Kristen Bell as “Mary Magdalene, ” Malcolm McDowell as “Caiaphas,” and John Rhys-Davies as the Narrator. Click here to buy the CD set or click here to go download our app and buy the bible in your app!


The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John – Sacred Art Series

The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John from the Sacred Art Series is now the most beautiful and easiest way to read the Gospels!

IMG_9234It is gorgeously bound with a black leatherette cover, gold embossed lettering, gold gilded pages, a sewn binding, and a ribbon.

The interior is equally stunning. Nearly 100 of the finest images of sacred art appear alongside the complete text of the Gospels presented in a large font in a story-by-story format. The art comes from some of the greatest artists of Christendom, including Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Duccio, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Murillo, and Giotto.

This book makes an exquisite gift for both children and adults. Through it, children can be introduced to the daily reading of the scriptures in a format that is accessible to them. Adults will also love the large print and beautiful images–whether they have been reading the Gospels for years or are rediscovering them.

Click here to purchase The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John – Sacred Art Series.

Recommendations from Al Kresta:

Read Al’s blog post “A Start in Personal Scripture Study”

Al’s scripture study recommendations:

Biblical Basics for Catholics: A New View of Salvation History by John Bergsma. Dr. Bergsma gives a short, down to earth  overview of the central storyline of Scripture.

Understanding the Scriptures: A Complete Course on Bible Study (The Didache Series) by Scott Hahn, et al. This fleshes out what Bergsma began and is a thorough introduction to and survey of Scripture.  

The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study by Steven Smith. For those who actually want to begin studying Scripture, this is the most thorough single volume. For a shorter start try Ed Sri’s The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures.

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