Unique within the Catholic Tradition, the Polish National Catholic Church recognizes the preaching and hearing of the Word of God as a Sacrament. Declared at the Second General Synod of the PNCC in Scranton, PA in 1909 it reads:’ Hearing of the Word of God preached according to the teaching of Christ the Lord and the Apostles, has sacramental force, that is, it causes in us the same effects as does the receiving of the other sacraments’.
Because of the importance that our Lord Jesus placed upon the preaching of the Word of God and the teaching of God’s people, this task of preaching is not something that the bishops, priests and deacons of the Church may take lightly.
Likewise, the hearers of the Sacrament of the Word of God must also prepare themselves to hear and receive God’s Word when they attend church services. It is for that reason that the Church encourages a hymn to the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts and minds of the preacher and listeners to receive God’s Word.