Vatican City, Jan 31, 2018 / 05:36 am
On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the Liturgy of the Word, and the resulting importance of having lectors who can proclaim the readings and the Responsorial Psalm well.
"We must look for good readers!" he said Jan. 31, in off-the-cuff comments during the general audience.
Good readers and psalmists understand what they are reading and can convey it well, he continued, explaining that they need to be prepared by reading over the text before Mass.
When someone reads well, not "distorting the words," this helps to create "a climate of receptive silence," he said, which is important, because "it is not enough to hear with the ears, without receiving in the heart the seed of the divine Word, allowing it to bear fruit."