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"Preparation Tip" by denisecthompson on August 17, 2014, 9:18 am, in category Proclaiming Tips
Use the Internet

The Internet has some excellent reading preparation websites. Two especially good sites are www.usccb.org and www.youtube.com/user/lectortrainer.

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"Preparation Tip" by denisecthompson on August 17, 2014, 9:17 am, in category Proclaiming Tips
Practice Out Loud

Be sure and proclaim your reading out loud multiple times so you can hear how your proclamation sounds. Make sure you are striking the chords you intend. Get used to the sound of your own voice and when it is at its best. Call yourself on the phone and proclaim your reading on voice mail, then dial into your voice mail and listen to your reading.  Is it what you thought it would be?  Adjust, as necessary.  Videotape yourself if you have th.....

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"Prepapration Tip" by denisecthompson on August 17, 2014, 9:16 am, in category Proclaiming Tips
Write Down the Reading in Your Own Words

After you think you know what the reading is about, close the book, get out a piece of paper and write down the reading in your own words as if you were the author.  Do not try to memorize it; just understand it so you can meaningfully convey the reading to others. If you cannot do this, go back and find out more about the passage.  If you do not understand the reading yourself, you will not be able to proclaim it with convict.....

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"Proclaiming Tip" by denisecthompson on August 17, 2014, 9:15 am, in category Proclaiming Tips
Consult the Bible and Read the Complete Chapter

Our readings are excerpts from a larger story, letter, book, poem or psalm.  Go to your Bible, locate the reading and then read all around it to more fully appreciate the bigger picture. This may color your interpretation and help you more easily decide upon the main point of the reading as well as the words or phrases you will emphasize.

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"Preparation Tip" by denisecthompson on August 17, 2014, 9:14 am, in category Proclaiming Tips
Study all three readings: The Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Gospel

The first reading is generally, though not always, from the Old Testament and far more often than not, is connected to the topic, theme or spirit of the Gospel.  The second reading is usually, though not always, from the New Testament.  Be sure and study all three for a richer understanding of the Liturgy of the Word.

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"Today's Saint 5-31" by denisecthompson on August 9, 2013, 11:19 am, in category Saint of the Day
May 31
The Visitation

The archangel Gabriel told Mary who was carrying Jesus in her womb to go to her cousin Elizabeth's house.  It was a long and arduous journey but Mary went obediently and joyfully.

When Mary arrived at Elizabeth's house, the baby inside of Elizabeth, St. John the Baptist, jumped.  He did this in that he recognized the baby inside of Mary as his Lord and God. Elizabeth also recognized at that moment that Mary was the mother of the .....

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"Today's Saint 5-30" by denisecthompson on August 9, 2013, 11:19 am, in category Saint of the Day
May 30
St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan d'Arc was born in France in 1412.  Her father was a hardworking farmer and her mother was a loving woman accomplished at sewing and spinning. Little Joan loved the Blessed Mother and prayed to her every day. She tended the sheep for her family.

One day when she was 16, St. Michael the Archangel appeared to her and told her to "Go save France."  The king of France was a weak and ineffective ruler who was convinced that F.....

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"Today's Saint 5-29" by denisecthompson on August 9, 2013, 11:18 am, in category Saint of the Day
May 29
St. Maximinius

Maximinius lived in the fourth century and it is believed he was born in France.  He traveled to Gaul to become a disciple of a holy Bishop in Trier, St. Agritius.  He found the bishop who took him under his wing and gave him a good education.  Maximinius was ordained and eventually became Bishop of the archdiocese of Trier.

St. Maximinius lived in eventful times.  He was the refuge of two saints that came to .....

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"Today's Saint 5-28" by denisecthompson on August 9, 2013, 11:18 am, in category Saint of the Day
May 28
Blessed Margaret Pole

Blessed Margaret Pole was born in 1471.  She had two uncles who had been kings of England, Edward IV and Richard III.  The king at the time, Henry VII, liked young Margaret and arranged a marriage for her to Sir Reginald Pole, a friend of the royal family. Blessed Margaret and Sir Reginald had five children.

By the time Henry VIII ascended the throne, Blessed Margaret was a widow.  King Henry VIII also liked Marg.....

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"Today's Saint 5-27" by denisecthompson on August 9, 2013, 11:17 am, in category Saint of the Day
May 27
St. Augustine of Canterbury

St. Augustine was the abbot of a monastery in Rome.  He was chosen by Pope St. Gregory the great to lead a congregation of 40 monks to England and preach the Gospel there in order to convert the English.

The group started out toward England but when they reached southern France they were told that the English were ferocious. The monks were afraid and asked St. Augustine to please return to Rome and ask the pope to change his min.....

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