Readers

What We Offer

The Ministry of reading God’s Word aloud for others is both a privilege and a challenge.

Just as others in the community may be Ministers of the Eucharist and assist in distributing Holy Communion, so Readers are entrusted with the sharing of God’s Word.

Through them, people have the opportunity to receive the Good News of the Father’s purpose and His love; through that proclamation, they will be given light and life.

If you can hear and understand what God is saying through His Word, others will too.

You will be able to read well if you prepare for your Ministry through prayer and reflection.

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SOME TIPS FOR READERS

ABOUT THE READINGS

There is a three yearly cycle of readings – year A,B and C.

The year ends on the last Sunday before Advent.

Before Mass, check that the lectionary is open at the right page : the number of the Sunday (eg 27th) and the year (A,B or C). This will ensure that what you read will be the same as the Mass book being used by the congregation.

If you do not have a Missal then borrow a Mass book so that you can go through the readings at home and check the pronunciation of any unfamiliar words.

Don’t worry too much about proper names - there is no one around from that time to correct you.

The trick is to be consistent and appear confident that your pronunciation is the correct one.

PREPARE THE READINGS

Read the passages carefully by yourself for meaning.

What is the context, the style of writing (history, story, poetry, reprimand, encouraging) ?

MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR LISTENERS

Look up for a moment before you begin to read; remember your Ministry is for the good of others.

READ SLOWLY ENOUGH ....

... for people to take in the message - don't rush.

 

PAUSE, LOOK AT THE CONGREGATION ...

...where appropriate

READ LOUDLY ENOUGH ....

... for them to hear comfortably and with enough meaning to respect the style of the text.

AT THE END OF THE READINGS, PAUSE....

.. for a moment of silent prayer before looking up and saying “The Word of the Lord.”