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:

Seveenteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, July 26

XVII Domingo Ordinario, 26º de Julio



Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 2

XVIII Domingo Ordinario, 2º de Agosto

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 9

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 16

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 23

Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 30

Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 6

Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 13

Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 20

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 27

About this new look

Lector's Notes should be easily readable on any device, including small-screen ones like cell phones and tablets. This is among the first of a few hundred pages to be converted to a responsive format (responsive to the kind of screen you are using). Format conversion is a work-in-progress and will be complete by April of 2018.

Photo by the author, 2015

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 July 26, 2015, near the end of the day.

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