What the lector should know about the wedding reading from the Book of Tobit, chapter 8First of all, which reading is it? At a Catholic wedding, there are two possible readings from the Old Testament book of Tobit. The second, shorter one is what we discuss here. It's only about 200 words and consists of prayer recited by a bride and groom. In the lectionary (the large ceremonial book you'll be reading from), this passage has index numbers  and 5 (The longer reading, from another chapter of Tobit, is the subject of a web page coming soon. What's the set-up? This Bible story may have started with a folk-tale about a woman very unlucky in love. She has been married to seven men, for less than one day to each. Every time, on their wedding night, a jealous demon kills her new husband. Her name is Sarah, and of course she is desperate. She has already prayed for death herself. But an angel of God gives a good young man named Tobiah (or Tobias) (pronounced "toe BYE uh" or "toe BYE us") a way to drive away the demon. He and Sarah marry successfully, and this reading is the prayer they offer to God on their wedding night. The "deliverance" (or "protection") that they ask of God is deliverance from the demon that previously beset Sarah. How should you read this aloud? There's no context given in the text, so the people hearing you need time to compose the scene in their minds. So announce the title, "A reading from the Book of Tobit" and pause. Then, to give the minimum context, you have to read the first sentence slowly, like this:
Tobiah arose from bed [pause briefly again]
and said to his wife [pause once more].
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