the schedules are issued, note your times on your calendar. If you
are unable to attend, call another proclaimer ahead of time to read
in your place.
Prior to arriving at church, go over the reading in the Sunday Missal.
Be aware of the cycle of readings for the current year which begins
at Advent (2006-7 is year C). Additional
guidelines for readers.
As with all
ministry volunteers, proclaimers should try to be at church at least
15 minutes prior to mass start time. If you are later, the other
proclaimer may wonder if you are coming and start to find a replacement.
Go into the Sacristy and check the Lectionary to ensure the ribbon
is in the correct place for the year and Sunday. Second reader should
check the folder for the announcements and petitions and review
them. The parish minister prepares the announcements and leaves
them in the Intentions folder in the Sacristy.
Proclaimers should wait in the Sacristy area to ensure both are
at Mass. If one does not show up, the other proclaimer should find
Starting in February 2003, changes were made to this ministry so
that the second reader makes the announcements prior to the mass.
The first reader carries the Lectionary in the procession and recession.
1. Five or seven
minutes before mass starts, all those involved in the procession
plus second reader will meet with Father in the Sacristy. He will
lead a gathering prayer.
2. After the prayer, the second proclaimer will go to the ambo and
make the announcements, including introduction of the gathering
3. When the
procession stops at the sanctuary steps, DO NOT bow. Persons who
carry a holy object (lectionary, candles, cross) do not bow.
When coming to the ambo for the first or second reading, DO NOT
acknowledge the chair.
who come up the centre or left aisle, proceed straight to the ambo
who come up the right aisle (to read or to take the book for the
recession), should stop at the center, bow to the altar and then
proceed to the ambo.
5. The reader looks at the assembly and while still looking at the
assembly, introduces the reading, e.g. "A reading from Exodus".
(Never read the scriptural caption in red, nor say "The first
reading is from...". Everyone knows it is the first reading.)
6. Proclaim the reading in a clear, audible voice and look at the
assembly occasionally. Keep the pace slow, but alive.
7. At the end of the reading, pause for two seconds, look at the
assembly and say "The Word of the Lord". (Do not hold
up the book.) Pause for about 10 or 15 seconds to allow the assembly
to meditate on the word. Return to your place.
8. When Father starts the prayer that precedes the intentions, the
second proclaimer should come forward and be ready to come up the
steps and move to the ambo when Father finishes the prayer. Say
the intentions and then step to the side with your folder and wait
until Father finishes the prayer at the end of the intentions, then
return to your pew. Do not leave your folder on the ambo.
9. When the
closing song starts, the first proclaimer should come forward to
take the book.
Updated Nov. 15, 2006