After each of the Scripture readings at Mass (the Liturgy of the Word), the lector says, "The word of the Lord." The people respond, "Thanks be to God."<quoted text> Do you believe that the good book the Bible is God's word?
We then stand for the Gospel which is read only by the priest or deacon. If read by the deacon, he receives a special blessing from the priest just beforehand. We sing the "Alleluia". The priest/deacon then says,
P: The Lord be with you.
R (People respond): And with your spirit.
P: A reading from the holy Gospel according to N.________
R: Glory to you, O Lord.
The Gospel is read. The priest/deacon then says,
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
R: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
From the teaching of the Catholic Church:
I. CHRIST — THE UNIQUE WORD OF SACRED SCRIPTURE
101 In order to reveal himself to men, in the condescension of his goodness God speaks to them in human words: "Indeed the words of God, expressed in the words of men, are in every way like human language, just as the Word of the eternal Father, when he took on himself the flesh of human weakness, became like men."
102 Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself completely:
You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for he is not subject to time.
103 For this reason, the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord's Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God's Word and Christ's Body.
104 In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, "but as what it really is, the word of God". "In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them."