Fȇte-Dieu du Teche will host the annual Bible Marathon in the Town Square of St. Martinville beginning on Ash Wednesday March 6 at 12:30 pm and concluding on Sunday, March 10 at 4:30 pm.
The event drew over 3000 people last year, according to Fr. Michael Champagne.
This year marks the 3rd time that the Holy Bible will be read publicly from cover to cover without pause in the square of the Diocese of Lafayette’s oldest church parish, St. Martin de Tours.
During the four days of continuous reading, 300 lectors from the various 121 church parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette, as well as faith leaders from other denominations from across Acadiana will be employed.
The Bible Marathon will help to accentuate the rich cultural heritage of the region by including various nationalities and languages represented in the region. In addition to English, selections of the Bible will be read in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
Organizers said Bishop Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of Lafayette, will be reading during the event.
Louisiana’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, will also read.
During the Bible Marathon priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation by means of the Spiritual Care Unit (SCU – Mobile Confessional).
Catholics who are properly disposed can obtain a plenary indulgence by reading or listening for 30 minutes from the Holy Bible in the Square during the event. Organizers are asking all lectors to invite at least 10 people to come along with them and listen to the Word while it is being proclaimed in the Square.
“We need proclaimers of the Word, but also hearers of the Word, and most importantly Doers of the Word” recounts Fr. Champagne.