The Reading Ministry is open to adult men and women of the Parish who wish to share their time and voices in aiding fellow parishioners celebrate their faith by hearing the Word of God ! Most people at Mass, hear the Word of God only in that formal Sunday setting. An exposure to Scripture is from the lips of the Lector and the Priest, which lays a heavy responsibility on the Lector.
After an initial meeting and walk-through of procedures, new readers will receive a workbook and instructions for Proclamation. Individual training is ongoing and workshops are offered twice a year.
For more information, please contact Sue Ray at 352-589-5055.
“The seed is the Word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will have life forever.”
If, as we hear in the Alleluia verse today, the seed is the Word of God and Christ is the sower, then those who proclaim the Word in the midst of the assembly bear great responsibility. They are, in essence, seed-sowers, scattering the seed of God’s Word through the grace of Christ.
Although they cannot control the kind of ground the seed falls upon in the hearts of their hearers, they can be sure that the seed lands on the “ears of their hearts,” as St. Benedict says in the opening lines of his rule. Here are some principles that all lectors, deacons, and priests can work on:
This is proclamation: Lectoring is not reading in public. It is announcing Good News. Getting the words right and making sure you are heard clearly is just the starting point. You have to believe what you are saying and desire it with all your heart for others to believe too. A sense of proclamation comes mostly from your attitude about what you are announcing.
This is ritual: Ritual has a beginning, a middle, and an end. It tells a story. Know the structure of your reading, where the climax is and how the pace and rhythm varies throughout to bring out the structure. Ritual involves not only words but also gesture, posture, music, and bearing. How you use your body, communicate with your eyes and your face, walk to the ambo, and stand there matters.
This is not about you: The sower is Christ. Your words have power only through Christ. So don’t make such a show of reading that the focus is no longer on Christ. On the other hand, don’t make a big deal if you flub a word or a line here or there. Christ is in charge. Just do your best every time. Remember that Christ can change lives through you in this ministry of the Word.
(Living Liturgy 2020)
USCCB (NAB) Readings and Psalms