NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK
NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK – WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 77TH NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24 TO HONOR GOD’S WORD. THE U.S. CATHOLIC COUNCIL OF BISHOPS HAS DESIGNATED THIS WEEK ALSO FOR ALL U.S. CATHOLIC’S TO CELEBRATE GOD’S WORD.
Join us and others around the world, as we celebrate the Bible and participate with us as we honor the scriptures through the International Day of the Bible on Sunday November 18th, 2018.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
Since 1941, starting with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, every US president has declared the week of Thanksgiving, National Bible Week. This, our 77th year, we again commemorate and honor God for giving us His Word.
On Sunday December 7th, 1941 the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) which was a leading national radio station at the time, invited the founders of the National Bible Association to open programming for the day which was Sunday. As they began their reading bulletins came in from Hawaii announcing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Instead of just opening the day with one Bible reading NBC then asked the National Bible Association to continue reading the Bible all day between the bulletins about Pearl Harbor.
About the same time, the leaders of the National Bible Association were invited by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to come to the White House for the following day to present him with a Bible to inaugurate the first National Bible Week. When the attack on Pearl Harbor was announced the founders sent President Roosevelt a telegram telling him that they and the nation would be praying for him and that of course they would not attempt to come to the White House.
Radio stations across America piggybacked on NBC’s programming at this point as they were only one of the few broadcasters nationwide who at the time had same day international coverage. So that day, Americans heard the comforting words of the Bible as they contemplated the worst single day foreign attack on US soil in history.