Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Wordå¨ can provide the ongoing instruction and advice that readers need. Not only does it assist them in preparing their assigned reading on a specific occasion, but when ministers of the Word read this resource every week as a way of reflecting on and learning about the Scriptures, it strengthens their proclamation skills and deepens their spiritual lives so that they can touch the hearts of your assembly with their reading. Workbook's introduction offers an orientation to the ministry, catechesis about the place of the readings in the Mass, and for those parishes that want to adopt the practice on special occasions, links to audio files demonstrating chanted introductions and closings for the readings.
If training readers is your responsibility, this is the tool you want to put in the hands of every minister of the Word to help them proclaim effectively.
Workbook includes these helpful features:
sense line format for readings mirror the Lectionary and aid the reader in preparation
lectionary numbers for each set of readings
commentaries for each reading, provide users with scriptural background
information and tips for effective proclamation
margin notes point to the logical divisions in the passages
bolded words help the reader know when to stress important sections and concepts
"Workbook is a useful tool for refining my proclamation of the weekly readings. It offers pronunciation help and guides my delivery, resulting in a more balanced and prayerful reading."
--John Pigott, Vancouver, Washington
"Workbook is one of the best resources a proclaimer can have in preparing to effectively speak the Word of God. Comprehensive though succinct, it offers excellent cultural background as well as insight into the characters in the readings. It provides practical guidance on pronunciation and punctuation; it suggests what to emphasize, and why, and how. Very importantly, it offers spiritual insight into all three readings, how they inter-relate, the message of each, and their relevance to today."
--Denise C. Thompson, national trainer of lectors and lector ministry chair, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Ilinois.
"Workbook is an invaluable resource for everyone who proclaims the scriptures. I began using and recommending it many years ago in parish work and continued to do so as a diocesan worship office director. The commentaries are especially helpful, and don't miss the introductory pages! They contain a wealth of useful information that can help all of us in our proclamation of the scriptures."
--Sandra Dooley, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Orlando, Florida
"In our parish, we constantly emphasize that the readings are proclamations of God's Word and not just recitations from a printed page. Workbook, with its detailed commentary on every reading, is a valuable tool in helping all of us proclaim well."
--Vince Ast, St. Mary‰Ûªs Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, Oregon
Paperback, 8 3/8 x 10 7/8, 304 pages
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