Latest

03 Apr 2015 Q&A No comments

Why wasn't Origen, the most prolific writer of Christian antiquity, canonized?

Full Question Why wasn't Origen, the most prolific writer of Christian antiquity, canonized? Answer Origen (185-254) was born in Egypt. In 230 he visited Pal…

Read more

18 Sep 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

Shun narcissism, practice adoration, Pope tells young religious

Pope Francis addressed a group of young religious men and women on September 17, and took a few questions from the audience. Answering a question about the p…

Read more

08 Jul 2015 Articles No comments

Meeting God Daily

"Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday Life" is a collection of highlights from some of Pope Francis's most personal homilies. 1 God is patient with…

Read more

03 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (3)

Is "steady dating" really a sin?

Full Question I was reading the teenage guide for confession, and in the "fornication" section, it mentioned "steady dating" (placing oneself in the near occas…

Read more

11 Sep 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

Marriage – between a man and a woman – is under attack, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis told couples to defend God's design for the family as the union of a man and woman for the procreation of children, and urged them to be merciful t…

Read more

19 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (3)

If Jesus didn't believe the Bible was the sole rule of faith, why did he quote it in his…

Full Question If Jesus didn't believe the Bible was the sole rule of faith, why did he quote it in his disputes with the Pharisees and the Sadducees? …

Read more

12 Feb 2016 Europe News United Kingdom USA Vatican No comments

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth appeals to the faithful in his diocese to focus on God’s mercy and forgiveness this…

In a pastoral letter to be read out loud during Mass in all churches on Sunday, Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan appealed to the faithful in his dioce…

Read more

04 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (5)

Is the priest "another Christ" when he says Holy Mass, hears confessions, etc.?

Full Question Is the priest "another Christ" when he says Holy Mass, hears confessions, etc.? Answer The Church teaches that the priest ministers…

Read more

31 Aug 2016 Europe Middle East Middle East - Africa News USA Vatican No comments

Catholic missionaries choose to stay in South Sudan despite attack on foreign aid workers

South Sudanese troops launched the brutal attack in mid-July in a Juba hotel While most expatriate aid workers left South Sudan after a brutal attack on foreig…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Is it acceptable for laymen to participate in a dramatic reading of the Gospel during Lent?

Full Question

I am a lector at my local parish. During Lent, we read the Gospel as a dramatic reading: That is, it is proclaimed by a narrator (typically the deacon) and two laypeople—one who reads the part of Jesus and one who reads a speaker part. Is this permissible?

Answer

Ordinarily only a deacon, priest, or bishop is allowed to proclaim the Gospel at Mass. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee On Divine Worship reminds us that: “The proclamation of the Gospel is reserved to the deacon, if he is present, or to a priest” (Introduction to the Book of the Gospels, 8). An exception is made during Holy Week, when the laity may join in the reading of the Passion. But the Church stipulates that a priest, who ministers in the person of Christ, must read the words attributed to Christ. So your parish should not be dramatizing the Gospel on the Sundays of Lent—period. There is no official Church documentation to support such practice.










wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories