About the Ministry of the Word

Readers and Commentators do more than read words on a page. Their role is to bring to life the Word of God for the gathered community. This involves a number of elements, including clarity, voice projection, and expression.

Ministers of the Word need to be well-prepared and have spent time praying with and reflecting on the scripture they proclaim. To assist with this, the parish provides all readers with materials to assist them in proclaiming the Word effectively. A compulsory annual formation workshop is held in October, and practices may be called for important times of the year.

A good Minister of the Word will know what they’re reading, will be heard by everyone in the church, and will read in such a way that people will want to listen, fostering in them a love for the Word of God.

Resources for Ministers of the Word

Formation workshops

Formation workshop: The Celebration of Mass

Formation workshop: Biblical Literary Genres

Formation workshop: Spiritual Preparation

Formation workshop: Technical Preparation

Formation workshop: Peer Affirmation and Support

Ministry guidelines

Instructions for Ministers of the Word

Parish resources

Ministry Preparation Sheets

Take-home leaflet with readings, commentary and advice for Sundays and feasts. Specifically designed for the preparation of Ministers of the Word in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.

Year A and Feast Days     Year B     Year C

Documents of the Church

Lectionary for Mass: Introduction

Introduction to the book of readings for Mass. Includes important information about the importance of the Word of God, ministries in the Liturgy of the Word, as well the structure and arrangement of the lectionary.