The Scripture passages in this section of the website (YEAR C or CYCLE C) are from the Lectionary for Mass (2nd Typical Ed.) Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1998 (approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops).
Two printed versions of each reading are available (accessible via the appropriate icon):
● As the passage appears when the passage is prepared as a “script” for oral presentation – (PDF–Proclamation Format)
● As the passage appears on the Lectionary page – (PDF–Lectionary Format)
Click on whichever format you are interested in. The PRINTED text is identical in both presentation formats, although on occasion, a comma may be deleted from the text of the Proclamation Format to promote oral clarity. The Proclamation Format of the passage is laid out somewhat differently from the Lectionary Format with attention paid to breathing, pausing, phraseology, word stress, emotional content, etc. The Proclamation Format contains suggestions as to how the passage can be proclaimed. Other suggestions appear to the right of the text.
NOTE : the Proclamation format and suggestions are merely suggestions — there is no “correct” way of proclaiming a passage from Scripture. Proclamation is a very personal undertaking reflecting how the lector understands the passage, the purpose involved in proclaiming it, and how the passage relates to one’s faith. These all come together in the proclamation. Our intent is to provide ideas or examples which cause you to think about how helpful you are bringing an appropriate understanding of the implication of God’s word for the people in the Assembly.
Oral versions of the passages are also included (accessible via the appropriate Male or Female icon). NOTE: if there is no icon it means that that version is not available at the present time. Listening several times to how a reading is proclaimed will help a lector re-think his or her own proclamation of the passage to be sure that the lector understands the significance of the passage in his or her own life and is conveying that to the Assembly. These audio versions are “live” recordings of actual lectors proclaiming the passage at a liturgy. They are NOT provided as examples of “perfect proclamations” – there is no such thing. But listening to how someone else proclaims the passage can suggest how improvement in our own proclaiming can be achieved. One result of recording live proclamations, however, is the occasional extraneous noises of people coughing, babies crying, etc. are included (we have not attempted to edit out these sounds). We are not “purists” by any stretch of the imagination!
Finally, when available, we’ve included a link to America Magazine‘s “The Word” column for the particular liturgy. The text is from the last yearly cycle for that liturgy. These commentaries can be very helpful to understanding what is involved with the particular passage in today’s world.