Holy Rosary Lectors,
Happy New Year! Attached is the lector schedule for January to the first weekend of March.
– Holy Rosary has a Deacon, Ray Biersbach, who will be assisting Father Haydock with masses. If the Deacon is scheduled he will walk the red Gospel book in during the opening processional. He will also read the prayers of the faithful. Thank you for your flexibility as we welcome our new partner.
Marilee Karnofski will be traveling south, like a snowbird for the winter, and will be back on the lector schedule starting in April.
Please keep Father Petosa in your prayers, as he is back in the hospital.
Annual Lector Meeting:
We had an excellent lector meeting in late November where Father Haydock provided a review of procedures and lectors offered up ideas for …
– a lector social event where we can get to know each other better
– email lector schedule/us mail a copy of the lector schedule
– hold the microphone and speak into it … most lectors are not heard in the back row
– book of sick now brought up with the gifts
– announcements cut down to 2 -3
– possible idea of sharing the readings … having one lector announce and do the first reading, the other lector the second reading and prayers of the faithful
– if your lector partner does not show it is your responsibility to either do both or find someone willing to pitch hit for you
– when processing in with the Gospel book wait for Father and then bow your head, don’t lower the book
– possible idea of having the Ushers or Eucharistic Ministers find people to bring up the gifts since they are responsible for collecting the gifts
* All ideas are still under consideration – If I have omitted any please email me and I will add them to our list.
Now that Christmas Day has passed, the presents have been opened, and the feast has been prepared (and eaten!), it’s time to take down the Christmas tree, pack up the decorations, and start dreaming about next Christmas, right?
No! Christmas has only just begun. And while most of us may find it hard to sustain our celebration of Christmas all the way through until the traditional end of the season on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (also known as Candlemas), we can easily celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas, which end with the Solemnity of the Epiphany, on January 6.
In an important way, Epiphany completes the Christmas feast, because it is the day that we celebrate the fact that Christ came to bring salvation to the Gentiles as well as to the Jews. That’s why the Old Testament reading for Epiphany is Isaiah 60:1-6, which is a prophecy of Christ’s birth and the submission of all nations to Him, and includes a specific prophecy of the Wise Men coming to pay homage to Christ. And the Gospel is Matthew 2:1-12, which is the story of the visit of the Wise Men, who represent the Gentiles.
In some countries, it is customary to give small gifts throughout the twelve days of Christmas. In many parts of Europe, the celebration of Epiphany is at least as important as the celebration of Christmas. In Italy and other Mediterranean countries, Christians exchange gifts on Epiphany—the day on which the Wise Men brought their gifts to the Christ Child—while in Northern Europe, it’s not unusual to give gifts on both Christmas and Epiphany (often with smaller gifts on each of the twelve days of Christmas in between). http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/Epiphany.htm
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued service.
Laurie Campbell Hatch
Holy Rosary Lector Coordinator