In his motu proprio of 30th September 2019, Aperuit Illis, Pope Francishas declared that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God).(ORDO-2021-22 page 45).
January 23, 2022
Pondering the efficacy of our own proclamation of the word during the liturgy might lead planners to consider how well the lectors are carrying out their ministry. Are they adequately trained to proclaim in a way that makes the word come alive in our midst? Are some getting sloppy and not preparing until they show up at church on Sunday? Have lectors been taught how to use the readings and their preparation as a way to grow in their spiritual life?
Parish leaders might also consider the tools lectors are given. Is the sound system as good as it can be? Would better microphones make it easier for the assembly to hear the proclamation clearly? Are there dead spots in the worship space that need to be remedied by better speaker placement? Have you ever asked people sitting in different parts of the church how well they can hear? Do those with hearing loss need special assistance?