The native of the Lord: exactly how to Proclaim the word of the Lord

30 November, 1999

The current Synod on words of God (October 2008) highlighted methods of more effective proclaiming the word of God in today’s world and also Have it inspire the resides of Christians. In anticipation of this, the Cloyne Commission because that Liturgical development last year developed two beautiful companion booklets, of i m sorry this is the first.

To acquisition this book – it cannot be marketed without that companion volume (see next), The to adjust of the Word: A Compilation the Sources, write to  


Meditation and Prayer

Introduction: Bishop man Magee on the Church’s Liturgy top top the solemn event of massive – center of the Liturgy ~ above the Liturgy of the word Spiritual ready (Lectio Divina) great Diction provides Sense

How to Proclaim words of the Lord

Preparations The introductory Rites gaining Started in ~ the Ambo The very first Reading finish the an initial Reading The Responsorial Psalm – Sung The Responsorial Psalm – Recited The second Reading The Gospel Acclamation The Gospel The Homily The job of faith The Prayer that the Faithful

For Fruitful set in the Garden that God’s Word Eligibility for company as Lector or Psalmist/Cantor Dress Code Ministers of words – who they areResources Lectors, Psalmists/Cantors for the solemn event of Baptisms, Marriages, & Funerals The places of Ritual focus in the celebration event of the Eucharist Summary the the Procedure because that Ministers the the Word Pronunciation overview – Breaking into Syllables


 Proclamation of sacred Scripture isthe analysis of spiritual Scripture aloud,with faith and with proper animation

PREPARATIONSYou are ready to exercise your ministry together lector if you have done the forced preparation because that it before coming come the church.

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Arrive in an excellent time. Check in with the presider. Recheck the rota.

In the Lectionary, keep in mind the layout of texts that space assigned to you. Insert the ribbons as appropriate. Note, also, if a text runs overleaf.

Ideally, there is a second lector. If so, share the end the tasks according to regional custom. Over there may also be an extra minister to lead the intentions the the Prayer of the Faithful.

Check if over there are superior circumstances; namely, that a psalmist or cantor will certainly not be leading the responsorial Psalm.

If a deacon is not present and also you space to notice the intentions the the Prayer of the Faithful in his place, keep in mind the wording the these and also the favored dialogue invocation.

Put the Lectionary and also the message for the Prayer the the Faithful in ar at the ambo before the enntrance gate procession begins, or have actually an altarserver, or equally, an additional minister that the word, execute so.

If applicable, adjust the microphone. Execute not tap it to inspect if it is live? Instead, asking the sacristan.

Always, check out from the Lectionary; never from a leaflet, booklet or pastoral publication.

THE introduce RITESIdeally, you room a participant in the entrance procession.

Having passed through the assembly, take your assigned seat outside of the sanctuary.Why not have actually your family/ friends sign up with you here, however you situate you yourself nearest the center aisle?

Before going come this seat, reverence the altar v a profound bow. However, if the tabernacle through the Blessed Sacrament is positioned in the sanctuary, make a genuflection.

Alternatively, you may have actually been inquiry to lug the Book of the Gospels in the enntrance gate procession. If so, go as much as the former of the altar and, there is no reverencing the altar, place the book of the Gospels ~ above it. Standing as you are, do a profound bow. Now turn and go to her assigned seat exterior of the sanctuary.

The Liturgy of the Word complies with the collection (the opening Prayer).For it, all will certainly sit down, except yourself. Instead, you go to the ambo.

On your way, sign up with the second lector and the psalmist or cantor in a central designated place in order come reverence the altar with a extensive bow. Carry out not genuflect, even if the tabernacle v the Blessed Sacrament is situated in the sanctuary. The second lector and the psalmist/cantor sit come the side, as neighborhood circumstances suggest.

GETTING started AT THE AMBOIf the very first Reading operation overleaf, insert a finger under that leaf, in order to do a smooth turnover, when necessary, and also not disrupt the flow of your delivery.

Now look come the others in the assembly and also check the all space seated and settled.

When they are worked out and therefore, complimentary to listen, announce the arrival to the an initial Reading: i.e. ‘A analysis from…’.As friend do, look come the assembly for, in ~ least, component of this introduction.

Do not add extra words come this arrival such as; the heading above the text provided in italics no one phrases such as, ‘First Reading…’ or ‘the first Reading is…’.

Because this introduction, e.g. ‘A reading from the prophet Isaiah’, is not component of the Scripture message that complies with it, do not begin proclaiming the bible text simply yet.Instead, ~ announcing: ‘A analysis from the prophet Isaiah’, develop a stop by acquisition one deep breath! the is with your next breath that you will start proclaiming words of God.


Your native are plainly spoken.

They space phrased in addition to meaning.

You are raising and also lowering your voice, much as in ordinary conversation.

You are comfortable in your own accent.

You room careful about your tone, the pace of your words; your rhythm. Indeed, you are a true ‘mouthpiece for God’!


Just as the introduction; ‘A reading from…’ was not component of the message of bible you have actually proclaimed, no is ‘The word of the Lord’ component of this text.

Therefore, enable a similar deep breath of silence to pass at the finish of a reading in order to represent this separation.

Note: while the current Lectionary has ‘This is the word of the Lord’ together the conclusion come the readings, the revised translation of ‘Verbum Domini’ reads ‘The indigenous of the Lord’ and also this is what need to be offered in future.

Look come the assembly if doing so and also use a different tone that voice from the last sentence that the reading.Always await the assembly’s reply: ‘Thanks it is in to God’, before making means for the psalmist or cantor, if this applies.


It is now the psalmist’s or cantor’s role to come to the ambo and lead the responsorial Psalm.

However, he/she will go to the ambo only once a silence of three great breaths has actually passed following the conclusion come the first Reading.

If the Psalm is led from a place other 보다 at the ambo, e.g. By the entire choir, still eliminate yourself to the side. This will protect against the impression the ventriloquism.

Join in to sing the refrain every time.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM – RECITEDIf, regrettably, a psalmist or cantor is no available, the recitation that the responsorial Psalm will be led by you. This method that girlfriend will continue to be at the ambo complying with the an initial Reading.

If the message of the responsorial Psalm runs overleaf, insert a finger under the leaf, in bespeak to make a smooth turnover, once necessary, and also not disrupt the flow of her speech.

Before you begin the responsorial Psalm, permit a stop of three deep breaths to happen after the conclusion to the an initial Reading.

This silence ensures time for human being to absorb and also linger with the post of the reading prior to moving to respond come it, by way of the responsorial Psalm. As the assembly will gain comfortable through such silence, it might be expanded a brief while longer.

Now, contrary to common practice, do not start the Psalm by saying: “responsorial Psalm” or “the solution to the Psalm is” or both.

Instead, announcement the text of the stop directly; e.g.: ‘Praise the Lord who heals the broken hearted’. Wait on the assembly to repeat this refrain. Execute not join in this refrain.

Next, slowly proclaim the text of the first verse. Use a meditative pace of delivery. Follow the text’s poetic rhythm. V your sluggish prayerful speed you wilL permit the assembly to pray the Psalm.

After this verse, interact the an answer of the assembly again, but only by looking come them; i.e. Stop the customary exercise of saying: ‘response’!

Follow the same procedure with succeeding verses.

Sometimes, in weekday liturgies, the Psalm solution is a longer, rather unfamiliar text. Speak these refrains most distinctly and, ~ above the rarely occasion, you might need to aid the assembly by authorized their second response, but importantly, just that second response.

When the recitation the the responsorial Psalm has actually been completed, i.e. After ~ the final response of the assembly, it is time for the second Reading to begin; but, importantly, it will certainly not begin just yet!

If over there is a second lector, he/she will involved the ambo instead of you. He/she will certainly take his/her place there after allowing a pause of three breaths come pass.If, however, the Psalm to be sung but there is no 2nd lector, girlfriend will return to the ambo after you have enabled a stop of three breaths to pass.If there is no psalmist or cantor no one any second lector, then, in fact, you room at this point already in ar at the ambo.

THE second READINGAfter the Psalm and also before the 2nd Reading is begun, that is important to leaving a stop of, at least, three an excellent breaths.

Again, the second lector pull close the ambo indigenous the side need not go to the ambo till this pause has actually taken place.

Otherwise, if over there is no second lector and you have had to lead the recitation the the Psalm yourself due to the fact that there is no psalmist or cantor, then you will develop this pause while standing in ~ the ambo.

Effectively, once the Psalm is completed, a silence of at the very least three breaths will pass before the arrival to the 2nd Reading will be announced.

If the text of the second Reading runs overleaf, insert a finger under that leaf, in bespeak to make a smooth turnover, as soon as necessary, and also not disrupt the flow of her delivery.

As v the procedure because that the first Reading, it is crucial to look in ~ the assembly, as soon as sayin ‘A reading from…’.

Again, execute not include extra words to this advent such as; the heading over the text given italics, no one phrases together as, ‘Second Reading…’ or ‘the 2nd Reading is…’.

Also, because this introduction; e.g. ‘A reading from the letter come the Hebrews’, is not part of the Scripture message that adheres to it, perform not begin proclaiming this text instantly after the introduction.

Instead, after ~ announcing: ‘A analysis from the letter to the Hebrews’, make a quiet pause by acquisition one good breath! v your next breath, begin proclaiming the word of God in the letter to the Hebrews.

As always, in ~ the finish of a text, leave one breath that silence pass before transforming tone an( announcing the conclusion: “The word of the Lord”.Look come the assembly as you do so and also await their reply; ‘Thanks be to God’. Carry out not relocate until you have heard this reply.If the Book that the Gospels is to be provided for the proclamation that the Gospel, carefully place the Lectionary on the shelf the the ambo underneath, if this applies, or place it in some other appointed proper place.

If the Book that the Gospels is not being offered for the proclamation the the Gospel, leave the Lectionary as it is; opened up on the ambo.

THE GOSPEL ACCLAMATIONAfter the conclusion come the second Reading or, if necessary, after removing the Lectionary adhering to on the conclusion, go to your seat in ~ the side and also sit down.

After a reflective stop on the second Reading, the psalmist, cantor, or choir now leads the assembly in joyful acclamation of the Gospel. The assembly follows this command by repeating the acclamation. Otherwise, that participates in the acclamation native the beginning. The verse, however, is sung through the psalmist, cantor, or choir.

The acclamation need to be sung in ~ a key which facilitates a joyful rendition that this rite.

Even in the celebration of the Church’s funeral rites, the Gospel acclamation is to be sung brightly and with joy, though its setup may be a solemn one.

If, neither the psalmist, the cantor no one the choir is present, some various other member that the assembly, no excluding the presider, or yourself have to take increase this song. However, whoever leader it need to not preface it with: ‘Please was standing for the Gospel acclamation’!, or with ‘Gospel acclamation’!

If, regrettably, over there is not any type of person or persons to lead here, the Gospel acclamation is omitted and arrangements room to be created its to sing in future. That is not prescribed to simply recite this acclamation in Mass celebrated with a congregation.

The lector(s) participate(s) in to sing the acclamation before the Gospel if standing the his/her/their ar at the next of the sanctuary i.e. Immediately, after ~ the 2nd Reading, perform not go back to your seat outside of the sanctuary because, to execute so, can distract from the Gospel procession and also from the singing of the Gospel acclamation. Instead, stand and also sing wherein you are!

Because girlfriend may additionally have to be charged through announcing the intentions the the Prayer that the Faithful, you must remain, in ~ hand, close to the ambo.Thus, the ideal time to leaving the sanctuary is as soon as the Prayer the the Faithful has been finish by the presider, and preparations are being created the Liturgy that the Eucharist. This applies to both lectors, come a feasible extra minister that the word called upon to command the intentions that the Prayer the the Faithful and also to the psalmist/cantor.

THE GOSPELThe Gospel is now proclaimed by the ideal minister; one of two people by a deacon, through a concelebrating priest or through the presider himself.If a deacon is present, that is blessed through the presider. In the absence of a deacon, and also when a monk concelebrant is available, this monk concelebrant asks for and receives a blessing only when it is the Bishop that the Diocese or an additional Bishop presides.Ideally there is a procession to the ambo through the Book the the Gospels in i m sorry the thurible and also candles space carried.At the ambo, the minister sings or says, v hands joined; ‘The lord be v you’… ‘A reading from the divine Gospel follow to….’. The incenses the book if incense is used.After the minister has proclaimed the Gospel, that sings or states the acclamation: ‘The Gospel of the Lord’. Once the assembly has responded with: ‘Praise come you mr Jesus Christ’, he climate kisses the book, lifting the if necessary.

Lectors and also the psalmist/cantor sit, during the Homily.

THE HOMILYThere is to it is in a Homily once the liturgical rites call for one; it might not it is in omitted there is no a major reason. The Homily is come be offered by the presider, through a concelebrating priest or, occasionally, through the deacon. The presider may provide the Homily at the chair, standing in ~ the ambo or, as soon as appropriate, in another an ideal place.

The Homily should circulation from the sacred Scriptures which have actually been simply proclaimed, or, an ext broadly, indigenous the sacred Scriptures indigenous which particular prayers and actions the the existing celebration derive.

The Homily allows the assembly to much better participate in the Church’s Liturgy through faith.

The score of the homilist is to break open up God’s word in methods that analyze and kind people’s lives, such the their partnership with God and also with the human family members is nurtured, healed, and also ultimately commemorated at the table the the Eucharist.

THE job OF faith (THE CREED)The function of the Creed is that the assembly may respond to the word of God that was proclaimed in the readings, and explained in the Homily, and also that the may likewise call come mind and also confess the great mysteries the the faith before these mysteries are celebrated at the table that the Eucharist.

The Creed is to it is in sung or said by the presider along with the people on Sundays and also on Solemnities.

THE PRAYER the THE FAITHFULThe intentions of the Prayer the the Faithful are typically sung/said through the deacon.In the lack of a deacon, this duty falls come the lector. This is the lector that has already proclaimed the first and/or second readings.On occasion, however, this duty is filled by secondary minister who comes front from the assembly in ~ the conclusion the the Creed. ~ above his/her way, at the designated main place, this human reverences the altar through a profound bow. Perform not genuflect.

Note: that is preferable to have actually one minister of the word only to notice the intentions that the Prayer of the Faithful.

The Prayer of the Faithful, ordinarily included in all Masses, is conducted as follows:If the Homily has actually been delivered by the presider at the ambo, that should constantly return come the chair and, ideally, sit for a if in order to allow time for reflection. Afterwards, he stands and, when prescribed, he leads the profession of belief (the Creed).

Next, when still in ~ the chair, the presider introduces the Prayer that the Faithful. Throughout this, the lector (or the added minister) should concerned the ambo. Recall exactly how you or an additional person already placed the text at the ambo. Now, reposition this message on peak of the Book of the Gospels or on top of the Lectionary together applies.

With the presider’s introduction complete, sing/read the very first intention. Follow this intention with a silent pause. Create this pause by privately counting to, perhaps, ten. Afterwards, begin the dialogue invocation, e.g. ‘Lord, in her mercy … hear our prayer’. Repeat this style for every intention, together it permits the faithful to take it each one come heart; they obtain to practice their priestly set in this ‘universal prayer’.

After the final intention and also time because that intercession, continue to be at the ambo till the assembly gives its last invocation, e.g. ‘hear our prayer’. Remain, also, till the presider concludes every the petitions through a prayer. After ~ ‘Amen’, go through the other minister(s) of words to your seat external the sanctuary. On the way, and in a central place, all reverence the altar with a extensive bow. Execute not genuflect.

Whoever prepares the message of the Prayer the the Faithful should note that the Hail mar is no a constituent component and for this reason its recitation is never ever to be included, also by a priest. Secondly, the there is a prescribed frame of intentions, namely: the needs of the Church, windy authorities and the salvation of the totality world, those burdened by any type of kind of difficulty, the local community. However, in the Liturgy which contains Confirmation, Marriage, or Funeral rites, some intentions may much more closely reflect these elements.

Equally, once composing the Prayer of the Faithful, it should be provided that the presider’s invitation to prayer and the miscellaneous intentions which follow space addressed to the assembly and also not to God; i.e. These texts are not themselves prayers. Furthermore, intentions are best conveyed in short sentences the are regular in style and straightforward in style.

Finally, keep in mind that over there is variety of texts which can be provided in the conversation invocation. Amongst others over there includes: ‘We pray to the mr … Lord, hear our prayer’, ‘Let united state pray…Lord, show us your love’, ‘Let united state pray …Kyrie eleison’, ‘Let united state pray… Remember us, O Lord’. All options may it is in utilised, top top rotation, according to the liturgical season.



You are ‘painting’ words of God ~ above the human being heart and also mind. ‘Paint’ gradually for a full and also even ‘coating’.

Think that ‘diction’ as: All the goes right into enunciating indigenous in one appealing and understandable way.

The following points add to ‘Good Diction’:

Pronounce the last letter in every word; carry out this in order to be understood. Be proud that your very own accent; perform not contrive another. Placed words in teams that make feeling to you, and which permit you capture your breath; i.e. Be mindful of your phrasing and also rhythm. Commas and also full stops room to help you through phrasing and rhythm. Commas mean us come pause, briefly, in our story, but we have the right to soon relocate off again. Full stops are constantly ‘red Light’ instructions. V these, you need to stop. Store a special eye top top ‘action’ indigenous (i.e. The verbs). You have the right to emphasize these, by pausing summary before and also after lock or by raising/lowering her voice. Names of persons and also places, additionally need attention. Very closely emphasize these too. Do not worry around the unfamiliar names and places. In every case, break the word right into its syllables. To execute this, discover what vowels space in every word – i.e. A E i O U. Keep in mind the sound these vowels make; most likely, yet not always, v the letter (i.e. V the consonant B C D F G H J K together M N ns Q R S T V W X Y Z) the are positioned closest to them. Each of these sounds, in fact, is a syllable. Now, pronounce every valuation in sequence in order to develop the difficulty word. Remember, next time the same word functions in her reading, you should pronounce that in the exact same way. Because that example, the name ‘Zechariah’ has 4 syllables: ‘Zech – ar – i – ah’. The following time ‘Zechariah’ attributes in her text, it need to sound the exact same four-syllable way. With the place-names, treat these as the ‘station areas’ of the holy bible lands. Recall exactly how the strange sounding station areas of your very own parish are constantly pronounceable. These holy bible places, therefore, space pronounceable too…. By making use of the same ‘break right into syllables’ approach. Also though you have actually silently check out a scripture passage number of times in your spiritual ready (Lectio Divina), check out it the end loud, now, in order to hear you yourself speak. Room you loud sufficient for others to hear you? Remember great volume depends an ext on pushing air to the vocal chords from her diaphragm, than on the amplification a microphone gives. Remember, too, never ever to shout. Now, just how is her pace and speed? Going too fast? sluggish down! Remember, the pace necessary in the proclamation of scripture is, generally, a slow-moving one. This is to evoke the wonder and awe of being in the visibility of God. This is, also, to allow your hearers come tune into your voice and especially, to tune right into what God is saying v you. In addition, as soon as a i of bible is no longer than five or six lines, the assembly requirements you to speak very, really slowly, throughout. Also, what ‘note’ perform you usually speak on? Hopefully, this is no a high-pitched note? finest to have a low middle-range note and also then to raise and lower her voice (i.e. Inflect it) v a selection of several other notes. This inflection offers your proclamation a conversational-style and so, provides things appealing and interesting for your listeners. Finally, be conscious of the details acoustics that characterise her church building; churches differ in the amount of time necessary for her voice to come earlier to you externally. Know this time and respect it. It is in mindful, no to begin a brand-new sentence on peak of a vault one that is quiet in the procedure of gift heard and also absorbed.

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After the assembly has actually made your response: ‘Thanks it is in to God’, leaving the ambo and also sit to the side, as neighborhood circumstances suggest.When the message of the very first Reading has been proclaimed, leaving one deep breath of silence pay again prior to announcing the conclusion: ‘The indigenous of the Lord’.If you have actually prepared appropriately at house for her ministry, friend now find yourself proclaim this text successfully and with faith.