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Ministry of the Word
The ministry of reader is a very important one in today’s Church and recognised as a vital role in the celebration of Mass. We are ever grateful to those from our community who volunteer to proclaim the Word at our weekday and Sunday Masses.
Below you will find some resources to help practice your ministry, including a short "Q&A" with some questions asked by our ministers.
If you are interested in becoming a minister of the Word or helping in any way, please contact a priest of the parish or any member of the Parish Pastoral Council.
Q.: I'm a minister of the Word. Where do I find the readings for next Sunday?
A.: These are available in the 'Parish Mass' books in the church. Ministers of the Word are encouraged to take these home with them as required to help pray with and practice their readings.
Where the readings are taken from are given on the back page of the parish bulletin each week - both for this Sunday and next Sunday's readings.
There are a variety of online sources available. Please note that while the chapter and verse references may be the same, the text can often be from a different translation than that used at Mass. A reliable source of the text used at Mass is http://www.universalis.com/mass.
Q.: How do I know what week and cycle it is in the liturgical year?
A.: Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which we use, that begins from 1st Jan to 31st Dec, the period spanning a liturgical year is somewhat different. The liturgical year is marked with various seasons:- Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time I, Lent, Easter / Easter Triduum, Ordinary Time II. The First Sunday of Advent (four Sundays before Christmas) marks the beginning of a liturgical year and proceed into the various seasons. The liturgical year ends with the Feast of Christ the King.
The Lectionary follows a Sunday and Weekday Cycle:
The Sunday Cycle is 3-yearly and denoted by the letters A, B and C. Each year follows through one of the Gospels: A-Matthew, B-Mark, C-Luke. The Gospel of John is proclaimed on particular Sundays in each of the years.
From Advent 2013 to the Feast of Christ the King 2014 (November 23rd), we use Year A. For 2015, we use Year B, 2016 is Year C, 2017 is Year A again, etc.
What week it is can be found on the front page of each week's bulletin and also here: http://www.universalis.com/mass.
Weekdays in Ordinary Time follow a 2 year cycle numbered I and II. Year I is read in odd number years: year II in even ones.
Q.: Is there a guide to pronoucing some of the words in the readings?
A.: Two useful resources that could be used as a guide to pronunciation of some of the more difficult words in the readings are:
1. http://netministries.org/Bbasics/bwords.htm (includes audio files to let you hear the word)
(DRAFT) Reading at Sunday Mass in Magherafelt Parish
“When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people,
and Christ, present in his own word, is proclaiming the gospel.
The readings of God's word must therefore be listened to by all with reverence;
they make up a principal element of the liturgy…
…In the readings, the table of God's word is laid for the faithful
and the riches of the Bible are opened to them.”
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal)
In the week before the reading
Day of Reading
Once the Collect (Opening Prayer) is finished, walk towards the sanctuary, stand at the middle of the step facing the altar and bow (simple bow - from the neck)
Go to the ambo and adjust the mic, check the readings again
The First Reading
The Second Reading
The Alleluia Acclamation and Gospel
If you have volunteered to lead the Prayer of the Faithful, please see below
The Prayer of the Faithful
A Reader’s Prayer
Almighty God, be with me, your servant, as I proclaim your word to the assembly. May my proclamation of the scriptures help your word live anew among the gathering of the body of Christ. Open my heart to the wisdom of your Son, fix in my mind his sound teaching, that, without concern for the cost, I may work without ceasing for the coming of your kingdom. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Rota for Ministers of the Word
Please find below current rotas for Ministers of the Word. If you cannot read at your Mass, please ask someone to swap with you. Contact details can be obtained from Anne in the Parish Office, if necessary.
Ministers of the Word - St. Patrick's, Castledawson
Ministers of the Word - Our Lady of the Assumption, Magherafelt