The Parish runs a roster system for liturgical involvement which includes servers, readers, lay readers, intercessors and welcomers. Appropriate training is provided for these functions.
Ensure to practice reading the passage out aloud, give the Word of God respect. Sit up close to the sanctuary, avoid distracting the congregation by a long walk / wait. Ensure the microphone is in correct position for you. Read slowly and clearly using your pre marked passage (see below).
Practice the reading:Practice reading through the passage a few times in your head and again aloud. Some great advice, received when first joining the reading roster was to add breathing ( / ) marks to the passage, to remind myself to slow down, breathe and to emphasise important pieces.
For example compare the two paragraphs below:
Paragraph A“The star was a gift from God to announce to the world that a special baby had been born,” replied the cow. ” It was the largest star in the sky. It shone over the earth to lead travellers from far and near to the Baby Jesus. In fact, the star was so bright, the stable glowed as the dog stood watch with the cow and the donkey nearby. “
Paragraph B“The star / was a gift from God / to announce to the world / that a special baby had been born,” / replied the cow. / “It was the largest / star in the sky./ It shone over the earth / to lead travellers from far / and near / to the Baby Jesus. / In fact, / the star was so bright,/ the stable glowed / as the dog stood watch / with the cow / and the donkey / nearby. /