Good Sites for Refining Your Skills
The Catholic Bishops' site covering the general principals of the ministry and basic functions of the lector. It's a sound foundation from which to begin and build on any lector training, or for orientation to a broader Catholic audience
Written in 1992, but still a timeless list of dos and don'ts by Karen Sue Smith, former Editorial Director of America National Catholic Review. Of all the online lector guides out there from various parishes, this is one of the most thorough and insightful, and an excellent discussion tool for meetings.
From America, the National Catholic Weekly. Jim Schellman of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate gives a powerful explanation of the Sacramental presence and power of the Scriptures at Mass, and the importance of identifying ourselves with our readings. By reflecting on our own journey in Christ as it relates to our reading, we can project more feeling and make it easier for our listeners to hear, grasp and respond to the reading once they’ve departed.
An informative piece by Edward Horodko, a professional voice actor and lector workshop teacher/leader. If you're not inclined toward a lot of in-depth study, there are enough helpful basics here to guide you on your way toward being an effective proclaimer.
from the blog, A Quiet Moment: a Catholic Byte a Day.
Featured in Catholic Exchange in April, 2012. Written by George Miller to stress to lectors and parish leaders the importance of frequently scheduled gatherings, and what it takes to have more than just a few good lectors in their church.
A must-read. If you’ve ever questioned the significance of the lector’s role in the liturgy, this section of the Lectionary for Mass says it all. If you don’t have a lectionary on your bookshelf, bring it up online here.
Featured in Catholic Online by George Miller about how in many churches, the highest demands for excellence and professionalism are put on the presiders, deacons, musicians, sacristans and greeters; but not enough on the lectors. A must-read for Pastors and liturgical ministry leaders.
A substantial piece by Dr. Richard F. Ward, who, at the time of this writing was the Clement-Muehl Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Yale Divinity School. It covers a range of guidelines for expanding your skills and encouraging active listenership throughout your congregation.
An insightful piece by Deacon Douglas McManaman cautions lectors about being too dramatic and relying too much on performance techniques to make the word of God come to life.
From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, this piece gives a good overview of the ministry and the responsibilities it entails.
Interesting piece by CatholicIreland.net covering many details on procedures not always seen in parish and diocesan guidelines.
Written by music professor Allen Brings about the Mass bearing some similarities to theatre. Though the lectors' responsibilities are not comparable in scope to the priests', their preparation for the service should be no less rigorous, and they must maintain a high standard.
If you ever question the importance of the lector in the celebration of the Mass, Fr. Dwight Longnecker gives an eye-opening explanation of how Catholics use the Sacred Scriptures as a worship aid in the celebration of the Mass, and how this practice differs from the way Evangelicals use the Bible.
Written by Fr. Peter Schineller of Nigeria, is filled with numerous ministry guidelines and inspirational prayers and meeting aids. Scroll down to the "Handbooks" section to bring the document up.
This touching piece by Father John G. Hillier explains how, in addition to the Liturgy of the Word, we are given the wonderful opportunity to listen, pray, love, sing and absorb ourselves in God's precious word throughout the celebration of the Mass. It's an inspiring message for lectors who need to confirm to themselves the importance of their role in the celebration.
A thorough step-by-step explanation of how to proclaim God's word more effectively by CatholicIreland.net.
Aside from the fact that this writer's church reserves Public Scripture reading for men, he makes a strong case for the importance of reading the word of God in worship service, and doing it in the right way.
A lead pastor of a Presbyterian church expresses his views on how the reading of scripture has unfortunately taken a back seat to the main event, the sermon, when it should be the other way around.
A powerful and thought provoking essay about putting more emphasis on reading the word of God in worship, and relying less on the word of preachers through their sermons.