A Close Look at the Scriptures You Have to Proclaim at that Upcoming Special Occasion
PRAYER OF A MINISTER OF THE WORD(In Preparation)
Lord, invest me with your power
as I prepare to proclaim the marvel of your message
I have prepared my reading,
I have tried to take within me
the meaning of what I am about to proclaim.
Help me to proclaim, not just with my lips,
but with my whole heart and soul.
Lord, make me a hollow reed
so that your voice will be heard by all who hear me.
Free me of excessive concern over my performance.
Convert my feeling of nervousness and
turn all my apprehension into an energy
for proclaiming your word with power and authority.
May your Spirit live in me and
fill the holy word that I proclaim.
From the lectors of Our Lady, Star of the Sea Parish, Singapore
Click on a title to see notes about a particular reading:Love is patient, love is kind (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8a) (used often at weddings, and, lately, at funerals)
The wedding-night prayer of Sarah and Tobiah (Tobit 8:4b-8)
Let love be sincere (Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 (or Romans 12:1-2, 9-13))
Love one another because love is of God (1 John 4:7-12)
The creation of woman from the rib of the man (Genesis 2:18-24)
Blessed the husband of a good wife (Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16) (With some advice about public speaking)
Dress yourselves in compassion and kindness (Colossians 3:12-17)
This list is growing. I'm composing Notes pages often, beginning with the Bible passages most often chosen for weddings and funerals. To request Notes about another passage, click here to address email to me.
Notes for the special-occasion lectorSo you almost never serve as lector, except at a funeral or a wedding? Or you are an experienced lector but, for the event coming up, your role is mother of the bride, and your nephew has been designated lector. This page, and the Notes pages linked on it, will help you (or your nephew) prepare for that occasion. There are only three kinds of major resources on this part of the Lector's Notes website:
Other resources for occasional lectors, online and in printA challenging article about serving as a lector, by Ed Horodko, an actor and member of Sacred Heart Church, Olema, California. (The link to this peripatetic essay is up to date as of January, 2010.) The Ministry of Lector, a thoughtful article by Irish theologian Peter P. Kenny. Corrected, February, 2010! Online guide to pronouncing Biblical names. Gives, in text form, phonetic pronunciations, and sound files that will play on your computer. This user found that the .wav files are the more usable. Your mileage may vary.
Last modified: May 11, 2012