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​​  Proclaiming God's Word for Greater Effect

Resources and Articles

The Lector At Mass: 
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

Lectors: Proclaiming the Word:  
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.  

The Ministry of the Lector:  
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. 

The Effective Lector:  
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. 

How to Proclaim the Word of the Lord: 
Interesting piece by covering many details on procedures not always seen in parish and diocesan guidelines.

Interesting perspective by by Russell E. Saltzman on the importance of reading the scriptures to your listeners as a grade school teacher might read a story to her class, instead of performing to them in rhetorical style. 

Reflections on the Art of Lectoring: 
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.

Basking in the Scriptures: 
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.  

The State of the Art of Reading Aloud
A Veteran Listener's Frank Appraisal and Disclosure of Key Tips for Solo Readers... by Matthew-Daniel Stremba

An informative, well written piece on some important basics of serving in this ministry. A worthy read for newcomers and veterans alike. 
Here’s an eye-opening piece by Russell E Saltzman, a former Lutheran pastor transitioned to the Roman Catholic Church, cautioning lectors that that their calling is not to be public speakers, but public readers… and there’s a huge difference.

Eye Contact for Lectors and the Assembly: Two Lessons Never Taught 
An interesting perspective on the dos and don'ts of making eye contact with the assembly. Also see our post, Eye Contact: Natural Is Best.

A case made by Baptist Pastor Josh Buice on the importance of public scripture reading in non-catholic worship services, with references to the Catholic church as a model. 

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