Lector Tips & Notes

24th Sunday of Year A

September 17, 2023

September 17, 2023

Lector Tips

Lisa Bellecci-St Romain


General Tips:

Familiarize yourself with the context: Before diving into the passage itself, take some time to understand the broader context. This will give you a better understanding of the themes and messages being conveyed.

Pace yourself: Take your time when reading the passage. Ensure that your words are clear and easily understood by the listeners.

Practice pronunciation: Listen to the video, and take notes on how to pronounce words correctly.

Connect with the message: This will help you convey the intended emotions and convey the message effectively to the listeners.

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Sirach 27:30—28:7

Here are some helpful tips for a lector when reading Sirach 27:30-28:7:

1. Reflect on the meaning: Sirach 27:30-28:7 contains wisdom about forgiveness and the consequences of holding grudges. Reflect on the significance of these teachings and consider how they can be applied in our daily lives.

2. Emphasize key phrases: Highlight important phrases such as “Refrain from strife,” “Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done,” and “Remember your last days.” This will help convey the central themes of forgiveness, self-reflection, and the importance of avoiding conflict.

3. Use appropriate intonation: Vary your tone to reflect the different emotions and messages conveyed in the text. For instance, use a compassionate tone when discussing forgiveness, a reflective tone when mentioning the brevity of life, and a cautionary tone when addressing the consequences of harboring anger.

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Romans 14:7-9

1. Tone and pace: Pay attention to the tone and pace of your reading. Romans 14:7-9 discusses themes of life, death, and the lordship of Christ. Adjust your tone to reflect the gravity and significance of these concepts. Maintain a steady pace, allowing the words to sink in and resonate with the listeners.

2. Emphasize key words and phrases: Highlighting key words and phrases helps emphasize the main ideas and adds depth to your reading. For example, focus on words like “none of us lives for ourselves,” “whether we live or die,” and “Christ died and returned to life.” By placing emphasis on these words, you can convey the central themes of unity, selflessness, and the lordship of Christ.

3. Connect with the audience: As you read, try to establish a connection with your audience. Maintain eye contact and use appropriate facial expressions and gestures to engage them. Let the words you speak reflect your own understanding and appreciation of the message, allowing your enthusiasm to shine through.

Greg Warnusz

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