Public reading training

"It is fundamental to make all the necessary efforts to train some of the faithful to be true proclaimers of the Word with adequate preparation, as it is now customary for acolytes or extraordinary ministers of the communion. Likewise. , the priests in the parish will be able to find the most suitable form for the delivery of the Bible, or one of its books, to the whole assembly, in order to emphasize the importance of continuing to read it in his life. daily, to deepen it and to pray with Sacred Scripture, with particular reference to Lectio Divina. "

Pope Francis

How to ... read the word of God

1. Feel responsible

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Getting up from your chair, crossing the church and daring to read the Word to the ambo is like going on stage: it is not a trivial or normal gesture. We get out of the group to give it something, some good bread to eat. It is both a risk and a responsibility. A strong act! Hence the importance of knowing how to read well, of living and of incarnating the Word, without which it cannot be heard.

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2. Master reading

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How many of us are putting periods in place of commas! But punctuation is the meaning of the text. When the comma leaves in suspense and makes wait for the continuation, the two points open the landscape and the final point clicks like an impact. For a sentence of three lines or three words, remember to catch your breath because to breathe is to attack and therefore to restore the dynamic. Emphasizing certain words makes them stand out and thus creates the music of the sentence.

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3. Be present for every word

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When we speak with passion, except to be a liar, our speech is alive because we are present to what we say. Reading requires the same commitment, the same presence and requirement. Removing the elisions - saying "I love you" rather than "I love you" - and the connections is a simple way of inhabiting each word so that it resonates and reaches the listener.

4. Keep nothing for yourself

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Whoever speaks for him, we do not listen to him. But he who gives wholeheartedly, we listen to him, even if he gives little, because he keeps nothing for himself. When you read at Mass, even with a microphone, think of the person in the back row of the church. Project your word to her, then energy will flow from your reading.

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5. Make room for the Word

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The Word is the divine breath that wants to come to us to jostle us, to create a storm in our heart or a light refreshing wind. It's still blowing, you still have to let the Word speak through you. Give it all the space, erase yourself, evacuate your pride, your certainties. Above all, do not try to overplay the text or even to play, but aim for the authenticity of the “I”.

Claude brozzoni

Interview Alexia Vidot

Published on 09/07/2019 in La Vie