A close look at upcoming Sunday readings, focusing on the lector's understanding and proclamation

Lector's Notes try to serve the Church by helping lectors prepare to proclaim the Scriptures in our Sunday assemblies. For each day's first and second readings (and occasionally for the gospel), the Notes give the historical and theological background, plus suggestions on oral interpretation.

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Click on a date to see current Notes:

First Sunday of Advent, November 27



Second Sunday of Advent, December 4

Third Sunday of Advent, December 11

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18

Vigil of Christmas, December 24

Christmas Midnight Mass, December 25

Misa de Gallo, Misa de Navidad de Medianoche, 25º de Diciembre

Christmas Mass at Dawn, December 25

Christmas Mass during the Day, December 25

Feast of the Holy Family, Friday, December 30

Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1

Epiphany of the Lord, January 8

Baptism of the Lord, Monday, January 9

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 15

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 22

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 29

About this new look

Lector's Notes should be easily readable on any device, including small-screen ones like cell phones and tablets. Tech gurus use the term "responsive formatting" for web pages that automatically configure their elements to the user's device. I got it about half right in the first year of making Lector's Notes responsive. Then, in June, 2016, Google showed me a simple change that let me finish the renovation. Every page published thereafter will be responsive. How do they work for you? Your comments are welcome.

Photo by the author, 2015

More on the purpose(s) of Lector's Notes

Most people in a Sunday assembly hear the word of God only in that formal setting. Their only regular exposure to Scripture is from the lips of the lector and the preacher there. That lays a heavy responsibility on the lector; these notes aim to help you fulfill that responsibility. And if the Notes help a lector sound prepared, earnest and competent, they'll help the congregation decide to take the Scripture's lessons more seriously.

The author, grateful beneficiary of a seminary theological education, also writes the Notes in order to deepen his own understanding and love of the Scriptures, and in hope of sharing that appreciation with an audience already interested in the Scriptures. The author assumes every lector will want to know what he or she is talking about, just as one would for a presentation at work, or in a college seminar. The background of a Lectionary passage is often complicated, so these Notes are challenging, but they're always clear.

The author

Gregory Warnusz creates Lector's Notes, with support from his wife Peg, the former Margaret A. Sampson. Peg and Greg live in northeast Saint Louis County, Missouri, USA, where they are active members of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.

Born in 1947 and able to do the math, Greg is carefully recruiting a succession team for Lector's Notes.

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This page published November 27, 2016, late in the day

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