Sunday, September 23, 2007

A New Lector



So, today I did it, I was the Lector at Mass. I have only done two other liturgical readings. The first was in Rome, two blocks from St. Peter’s, the second was at St. Bonaventure University.

Both of the earlier times were because of the urging of Peter Ghiloni. Peter was the music minister at St. Bonaventure University. I meet him during our Assisi Pilgrimage. He was a wonderful guy, and persuasive and so I read.

Today however was not "A" reading, it was procession, both readings and the Petition. I was nervous. I don’t know why, I am use to teaching and being in front of people. Still, this was the Cathedral and I am still a rookie at this. I prepared for it, I went to last weeks 5:00 PM Mass and the earlier Mass today. I read and re-read and then I relaxed.

So, I think I did OK. People said I was loud, clear and looked at ease. I loved seeing the church from the alter, it is a totally different view. I like the contribution and being part of the service. I think I will like this!

2 comments:

Gayle OSF said...

Carl, thanks for the link to your blog. I liked your description of lectoring. I started reading at Mass in 2nd grade at the school liturgies. I used to get really nervous at one point until I realized I was proclaiming God's word to people gathered specifically to hear it.That helped immensely! You're so right, the whole church looks different from the ambo.

Carl Jylland-Halverson: said...

That is good advise. For me it is a little different. I am a new, new, Catholic. So I imgaine that there are a million little things I didn't learn or folks forgot to tell me and I'll discover them in front of everyone. What I need to remember is this will in fact happen and so what! All and all I would have to say Proclaiming is simply awesome.
Carl