Did you parish celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as the Sunday of the Word of God? And if you did, was there anything different about the Liturgy? What did your parish do, either at Mass or otherwise?
Last year was the very first time for this new addition to the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. I asked that parishioners bring their home Bible to Mass to be blessed. After the Universal Prayer and as a part of the closing prayer of the Intercessions, we asked all to raise their Bibles for the blessing and then the Bibles were blessed with Holy Water.
At the Mass, the Gospel was chanted.
This year, I forgot to ask people to bring their Bibles from home to be blessed. So all I did was to chant the Gospel. Our tradition at St. Anne’s is to repeat the Alleluia after the Gospel. I know this is reserved only for the bishop at Mass, (and this is just between you and me) but I blessed the congregation with the closed Book of the Gospel as the second alleluia was sung.
That was it—no other novelty for the Mass, except in my introduction to my homily I explained it was the Word of God Sunday and the Word of God must take root in our hearts and show forth in our actions, faith and good works.