A close look at upcoming Sunday readings, focusing on the lector's understanding and proclamation

Lector's Notes try to serve the Church by helping lectors prepare to proclaim the Scriptures in our Sunday assemblies. For each day's first and second readings (and occasionally for the gospel), the Notes give the historical and theological background, plus suggestions on oral interpretation.

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Click on a date to see current Notes:

Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, November 18

Feast of Christ the King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time), November 25

Fiesta de Cristo Rey, 25 de noviembre

First Sunday of Advent, December 2

Second Sunday of Advent, December 9

Third Sunday of Advent, December 16

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23

Vigil of Christmas, December 24

Christmas Midnight Mass, December 25

Misa de Gallo, Misa de Navidad de Medianoche, 25 de diciembre

The following December pages need minor updates, but are usable.

Christmas Mass at Dawn, December 25

Christmas Mass during the Day, December 25

Feast of the Holy Family, December 30

Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1

Santa María Madre de Dios, 1 de enero

Feast of the Epiphany (includes 3 homily starters and an essay on hearing the readings as a community.), January 6

Epifanía del Señor, 6 de enero

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About the picture, and this new look

The image is a detail from Albrecht Dürer's Saint Jerome in His Study, 1514. It came from a cover of the members' magazine of the Saint Louis Art Museum, from early 2003. It's the only version in color I've seen anywhere. Here's a link to the whole picture on the whole cover (2.9 MB, 1250 pixels wide).

I learned as a child that Jerome (347-420) translated the Bible into Latin, the language of ordinary people (at least then and in the West). As an adult, I have yet to research that claim, but I still take Jerome as a kind of patron of Lector's Notes. The Notes try to make the work of scripture scholars available (understandable and terse) to the church members who demonstrate their love of the scriptures most visibly.

Lector's Notes should be easily readable on any device, including small-screen ones like cell phones and tablets. Tech gurus use the term "responsive formatting" for web pages that automatically configure their elements to the user's device. I got it about half right in the first year of making Lector's Notes responsive. Then, in June, 2016, Google showed me a simple change that let me finish the renovation. Every page published thereafter will be responsive. How do they work for you? Your comments are welcome.

More on the purpose(s) of Lector's Notes

Most people in a Sunday assembly hear the word of God only in that formal setting. Their only regular exposure to Scripture is from the lips of the lector and the preacher there. That lays a heavy responsibility on the lector; these notes aim to help you fulfill that responsibility. And if the Notes help a lector sound prepared, earnest and competent, they'll help the congregation decide to take the Scripture's lessons more seriously.

The author, grateful beneficiary of a seminary theological education, also writes the Notes in order to deepen his own understanding and love of the Scriptures, and in hope of sharing that appreciation with an audience already interested in the Scriptures. The author assumes every lector will want to know what he or she is talking about, just as one would for a presentation at work, or in a college seminar. The background of a Lectionary passage is often complicated, so these Notes are challenging, but they're always clear.

The author

Gregory Warnusz creates Lector's Notes, with support from his wife Peg, the former Margaret A. Sampson. Peg and Greg live in northeast Saint Louis County, Missouri, USA, where they are active members of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.

Born in 1947 and able to do the math, Greg is carefully recruiting a succession team for Lector's Notes.

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This page published November 18, 2018

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