Ministers of the Word Formation Workshop 2

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Formation workshop for Ministers of the Word, 2007

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  • Ministers of the Word Formation Workshop 2

    1. 1. OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH WENTWORTHVILLE
    2. 2. Ministers of the Word Formation Workshop Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Wentworthville
    3. 3. THE LECTIONARY <ul><li>3 volumes plus Book of Gospels </li></ul><ul><li>Semi-continuous reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Year A: Matthew </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year B: Mark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year C: Luke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Reading during Ordinary Time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Harmonised selections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. First Reading and Gospel </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. BIBLICAL LITERARY GENRES <ul><li>The Bible is a collection of many different types of literature </li></ul><ul><li>The writer’s message is told in a particular way to make a particular point or appeal to the audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Genesis (Creation) – Poetry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All that we know about literature applies to the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Trust your instincts </li></ul>
    5. 5. NARRATIVE <ul><li>Can move between events quite easily </li></ul><ul><li>But what is the purpose of the narrative? </li></ul><ul><li>Each narrative has a controlling idea or theme that explains its presence </li></ul><ul><li>Find the theme, in order to help “tie together” your proclamation </li></ul>
    6. 6. POETRY <ul><li>Psalms, Proverbs, Wisdom and Prophetic writings contain poetry </li></ul><ul><li>They need to be read as poetry rather than prose </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to over-dramatise the text </li></ul><ul><li>Your proclamation should suggest the strong emotions of the poetry </li></ul>
    7. 7. DISCOURSE <ul><li>An argument is presented, an explanation offered, or implications of an event are explained </li></ul><ul><li>Can be the most difficult genre to proclaim and to listen to </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to grasp for hard facts </li></ul><ul><li>Look for the development of an argument, as well as their methods and intentions for the argument </li></ul>
    8. 8. IDENTIFYING GENRES <ul><li>Take time to work through the handout: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the literary genre of each passage of scripture? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can you tell? </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. PROCLAIMING THE WORD AT MASS
    10. 10. PREPARATION <ul><li>Take home and read the biblical commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Read all three readings </li></ul><ul><li>Let God speak to you through the Scripture </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduled preparation workshops in particular seasons </li></ul>
    11. 11. BEFORE MASS <ul><li>Make sure the roster is followed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organise a swap/replacement if you cannot make it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arrive in plenty of time to check-in, prepare and familiarise yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the Lectionary is on the ambo (readers) </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the microphone is on (commentators) </li></ul><ul><li>Have the Book of Gospels with you, ready </li></ul><ul><li>Be on hand for the procession </li></ul>
    12. 12. ENTRANCE PROCESSION <ul><li>Process ahead of presider </li></ul><ul><li>Hold the book with dignity and reverence </li></ul><ul><li>Bow your head as the priest bows </li></ul><ul><li>Place the Book of Gospels on the altar </li></ul>
    13. 13. LITURGY OF THE WORD <ul><li>Approach the ambo with dignity and reverence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ministers set the standard at this time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proclaim clearly and with life </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t rush </li></ul><ul><li>Give the assembly the moments of silence to reflect and allow words to penetrate </li></ul>
    14. 14. LITURGY OF THE WORD <ul><li>The Prayer of the Faithful begins with the priest’s introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The commentator should be in position by this time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pause between the end of the prayer and “Lord, hear us” </li></ul><ul><li>Move the lectern away after the General Intercessions </li></ul>
    15. 15. AS THE LITURGY CONCLUDES <ul><li>Leave the Lectionary and commentator’s folder where they can be easily located </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambo or commentator’s lectern, or, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacristy </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. USEFUL RESOURCES <ul><li>2 easy-to-read and useful books for ministers </li></ul><ul><li>Aelred Rosser OSB , Guide for Lectors. Liturgy Training Publications, 1998 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Today’s material on Biblical literary genres has been based on information in this book </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Normand Bonneau OMI , Preparing the Table of the Word. Novalis, 1997 </li></ul>
    17. 17. OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH WENTWORTHVILLE

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