Lectoring Teaches Self-knowledge
Being a "lector" has taught me 10 things I didn't know about myself.
- I have an accent. In reading "harden not your hearts," a person from New Jersey told me that I have a Boston accent. Imagine. New Jersey?
- I need to use a microphone. My voice is low and soft. Elderly can't hear me, even if I shout. The pitch of my voice is too low, for them.
- Too many people come late. I think some people think the Mass time means leave your house at that time. It scares me to announce what Sunday this is, and then when I go to read the First Reading--WHOA! Where did all the people come from?
- Check out the Prayers of the Faithful with the names in the bulletin. Sometimes mistakes have been made.
- Occasionally, I'm drafted to be an altar server, too. Pay attention.
- Breath control. Silence is powerful, knowing when to use it is even more so.
- When I make a mistake, it's a blessing. I need to be humble.
- Dealing with doubt. Like mistakes, God is keeping me humble. I have to look at it as a grace.
- Being close to the "action", is a great privilege. My prayer is more intense.
- I've become closer to St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers. Praying for his intercession before reading is a great focusing tool. St. Dominic open hearts and minds to hear and accept the Words, I proclaim.