Friday, March 11, 2011

A Lector's Dream

Lent is a Lector's dream.  The voice modulation proclaiming the messages is so variable that Lectors can be as dramatic as they feel comfortable.  This week, the First Sunday of Lent, Year A, is a good example.  I'm reading the first Reading.  It's the story of the first temptation in the Garden of Eden.

I've decided that my approach would be to tell the story as if to people who have never heard the story.  Imagine their surprise to learn that God has made a living being.
...blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.    Wowza, huh?

I've also decided to portray Eve as naive.  And the serpent is sly, sneaky, and scheming.  My voice proclaiming the serpent will emphasize this interpretation (of a slippery, slimy, scumbag.)

It is important, though, to let the people know that the climax is that then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked...

Think what this statement means.  "...their eyes were opened..."  Everything has changed.  This was the moment of no turning back.   This was the end.

I'll have them weeping in the aisles.

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