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Christians to share entire Bible aloud in 100-hour non-stop reading

by Sophie Drew

Christians in Lafayetteville are attempting to read the entire Bible as part of a 100-hour reading marathon.

The annual event sees 300 people read continuously for four days, taking parishioners through the scripture from cover to cover. 

The reading started on Wednesday, January 19th and will continue until January 23rd, wrapping up on the Word of God on Sunday. 

It's hoped that the fete will "reignite the love of God" within the community - previous years have seen Bible and prayer groups forged following the event. 

The event will be taking place in the square outside St Martin De Tours, the oldest church in the Diocese of Lafayette, which sits within the state of Louisiana. 

The Bible will be read in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Latin and Greek.

The different translations offer a chance to celebrate “the rich cultural heritage of the region by including its various nationalities and languages”.

This year will see the debut of The Friar Truck – an antique fire engine with a pulpit built on top. The truck will also be stocked with holy water and free bibles. 

For those attending in person, priests will be available within a mobile confessional. 

In previous years, 3,000 people have attended the four-day reading. 

The fete will be livestreamed via the Fête-Dieu du Teche Facebook page. 


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