Guidelines prepared by the Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales about Ministry 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 requires the reader to be attentive to the assembly, and careful to allow for times of pause and silence.
The diction of the reader needs to be readily understood by the assembly to whom they minister.
Any parishioner who feels that he/she feels that he/she could proclaim the word of God in the ways described above, should get in touch with the Parish Priest.
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