Proclaiming the ‘Word of God’ at St Anselm’s
We are very fortunate at St Anselm’s to have a large group of regular readers some 60 parishioners reading on a rota basis through each month.
Undertaking to read at Mass is both a responsible and rewarding service to the parish community. It is a privilege to be asked to proclaim the word of God at Mass to one’s fellow parishioners. It can for example be quite a moving experience to take part in the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday.
A reader is expected to have prepared the reading beforehand, with prayer and practice, thereby understanding what he is about to read out loud. One needs to read with both feeling and reverence, and to project one’s voice with the aid of the microphone, so that all can hear and understand the word of God.
Before becoming a reader at St Anselm’s, you must undertake a training session. The sessions are held most years. We hold our biannual ‘readers’ formation’ afternoon to which current adult weekday and weekend readers are asked to attend.
Commissioning and Renewal of Commitment is held on the 2nd Sunday of Advent (Bible Sunday) giving recognition to those parishioners who have volunteered and who are privileged to proclaim the Word of God at St Anselm’s.
To attend the next Formation afternoon or if you are interested in finding out further information on becoming a reader, please contact the Parish Office 020 8672 2179.