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The major difference between a “reading” and a “proclamation” in liturgy involves the degree to which the person proclaiming a Scripture passage is personally involved with the passage.
By that we mean how much the proclaimer is investing in who they are, what they believe, and how they understand the passage in their effort to proclaim the message in the passage. In short, the significance the passage has for the proclaimer is reflected in the way the lector “proclaims” the passage to his or her fellow disciples.
Directions for accessing either the printed or recorded version of the readings are on the Season’s page. Just click on the icon for the version of the proclamation you are interested in viewing or listening to. Since there is a difference between men and women and how they proclaim we will endeavor to include recordings of both female and male versions of each proclamation (except the Gospel).
We hope you enjoy our web site and that it helps you to proclaim the Word more effectively!
Audio versions of proclamations are available
We have added as a feature of our site recordings of actual lectors delivering their proclamations of Scripture at a given weekend liturgy! We hope you’ll understand and accept the background noises in our recordings — present at any liturgy: babies crying, people coughing, heals clicking on the sanctuary floor, etc. Occasionally, some recordings will not be available but we are working to add them as soon as they are available to us.
Hearing what a proclamation sounds like can be very useful to you as you prepare to present your own proclamation of the passage. Most of us have never had the experience of hearing our own voice as a listener. You may well change your approach to your proclamations as a result of what you hear! Listen to the recording you are interested in. Evaluate it in terms of what you think you sound like. Then, practice your proclamation until you are satisfied that it has the qualities you liked in the recording as well as avoided the things you didn’t like in the recording. Record yourself whenever possible. You’ll be pleasantly surprised as well as prodded to make changes in what you “thought” was an effective proclamation!
Please let us know what you like or don’t like about our website as well as how helpful it is to you by contacting us. Also, we would welcome any ”live” recorded proclamations from your parish (we hope you are considering the possibility of adding this capability to your church’s sound system equipment). We can’t guarantee that we’ll use these recordings but we’ll at least consider your submissions. Incidentally, you will need to keep a record that the lector(s) recorded have signed and given you a release to use their voices [but we are not interested in knowing their names and would never use names even if we did know them].