We are all called to be heralds of the Gospel, to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who we meet. In the celebration of Mass, this takes on a whole new meaning. During the celebration of Mass, we gather to listen attentively to God’s Word. The ministry of the Word is proclaimed in different ways throughout the celebration of Mass, by different people. The deacon or the priest proclaims the Gospel; he speaks the very words of Our Lord Himself. The other readings are proclaimed by others from the community.
Pope Francis has recently dedicated a whole General Audience to the Liturgy of the Word in Mass. The full text of his General Audience speech can be found here. In it, the Holy Father challenges us:
“We know that the Lord’s word is an indispensable aid not to get lost, as the Psalmist well recognizes that, addressing the Lord, confesses: “Thy word is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). How can we face our earthly pilgrimage, with its toils and trials, without being regularly fed and illumined by the Word of God that resounds in the Liturgy?”
This is an important parish ministry. The Heralds of the Gospel day for has been arranged for those who already exercise the ministry of reader within the parish, or for those who would like to consider finding out more information about this ministry.
The Heralds of the Gospel day will include:
- the role of the reader within the Mass
- spiritual and practical preparation
- How to be effective proclaimers of the Gospel
- Practical workshop
The day will take place on Saturday, 24th February 2018 from 10am to 3pm at St. David Lewis Church, Newport. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church for those who would like to attend the day.
Further information on the significance of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass can be found in this short clip.