The Armchair Liturgist: Communicating With Lectors

This weekend’s feast gives a choice of readings. The 1998 Lectionary added options for years B and C. We’re in the former of those cycles, but the A readings are still a possibility. (Check the USCCB site for them.)

This thread isn’t so much about the options, but about how priests, parishes, and liturgists communicate with lectors so we don’t enjoy moments that, three minutes before Mass, sound like …

Oh, by the way, we’re using the cycle A readings this weekend.

Are they in the book, Father?

I don’t know. The book is cycle B, so maybe they aren’t.

Let’s check: these are the ones I prepared, yes.

No, these aren’t the ones I’m preaching on.

We send all lectors a reminder by email, and in that notice, the lectors are informed by Tuesday or Wednesday which readings they will use, if there are options.

I remember a job interview I had when I was finishing up grad school. The pastor had written books on RCIA. The liturgist was an NPM/FDLC regular. It was the fifth Sunday of Lent, and I think there was some confusion about which cycle was being used for the Third Scrutiny. Just before the opening procession. Needless to say the intimidation factor just flew out the gathering space into the front parking lot and down the road. I didn’t get the job, but wherever I land, I do try to keep the lectors on the right page.

How would you communicate with lectors, if you were sitting in the liturgist’s armchair?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to The Armchair Liturgist: Communicating With Lectors

  1. Liam says:

    It’s best to be telepathetic.

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