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Welcome Lectors, Gospel Readers & Homilists...
This site is filled with learning, preparation and enrichment tools to help you be the best proclaimer of God's word you can be. Though geared to the Catholic church, I hope readers from other faiths will also find it useful. If you have questions or suggestions for making this site more useful to you, your parish or diocese, please contact me.
Encourage Listeners to
Embrace The Readings
A five-minute video by Jeff Cavins titled, The Liturgy of the
Word, should be viewed by every Catholic today. For some, it's
an uplifting refresher. For others, a basic "101" lesson that can
encourage them to be more attentive and engaged in this key
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"Good Job" Ain't Good Enough
In the movie, Whiplash, a music instructor bent on helping students realize their potential, quoted renowned Jazz drummer Buddy Rich as saying that "Good Job" is the worst compliment you can give to someone with the potential for higher excellence. Does this also apply to ministers of God's word? Read More
Advanced Lector Training
Beyond the 101
Beyond the usual commentaries and resources we use to prepare our readings, Fr. Donald Senior's new book, Composing Sacred Scripture: How the Bible Was Formed, can help us complement our spiritual interpretations and proclaim with more energy when we know how the Bible was actually put together. Read More
What We Can't Fake
Our love and hunger for the Scriptures, and our faith in Christ's presence in them can't be acted out. The late Fr. Joseph Champlin once said, "The inner qualities of the reader become apparent to the listener without a single word being proclaimed." Read More
Teach or Transform?
What Are We to Do.
It's not our place to "teach" from the ambo. And though we may not actually view ourselves as doing so, we must be careful not to convey that demeanor of a teacher, especially when we feel that there's a point the assembly "must" get. Read More
Not Just for Newbies
Discernment should not only be exercised with new lectors, but with veterans as well. The enthusiasm we initially feel about proclaiming God's word may die down over time, we may lose our "salt," get attracted to other ministries, feel burned out or need a re-check of our basic proclamation skills, which is why lector discernment should be continuous and life-long. Read More View Informative & Inspiring Videos
The grass withers, the flower wilts, but the word of our God stands forever... Isaiah 40:8