Guidelines prepared by the Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales say this about Ministers of the Word (Readers):
In proclaiming the word of God, readers exercise their responsibility in mediating the presence of Christ. God speaks to the assembly through them, and, the impact of God’s message will depend significantly on their conviction, their preparation, and their delivery. The reader has responsibility for not simply reading the word, but assisting the assembly to hear the word. This will require the reader to be attentive to the assembly, and careful to allow for times of pause and silence as the assembly prepares to listen and, once the reading has been proclaimed, as it takes the word of God to heart. It also requires that the diction of the reader is such that he or she can be readily understood by the assembly to whom they minister.
Any parishioner who feels that he/she would like the join the rota of readers, and feels that he/she could proclaim the word of God in the ways described above, should approach Fr Patrick in the first instance.
For the Rotas Page click here
Archbishop Bernard Longley’s Pastoral Letter is available here, and on the Diocesan website – Pastoral Letter 7th July 2019
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