Prayers for Preparation for Lectors


Lord, invest me with Your Power
     as I prepare to proclaim the marvel of Your Message.

I have prepared my reading,
I have tried to take within me the meaning
     of what I am about to read:
     help me, I ask, to read not just with my lips
     but with my whole heart and soul.

Lord, make me a hollow reed so that Your Voice
     will be heard by all who hear me.

Free me of excessive concern over my performance,
     over the impression I create in this Sacred Action.

Convert my feelings of nervousness,
     turn all my apprehensions into an energy for proclaiming
     Your Word with power and authority.

May Your Spirit fill me as it fills the Holy Words
     that I am about to proclaim. Amen.

Praise to you, Lord God,
     king of the universe,
     and all glory to your name.
I praise you and thank you for calling me
     to proclaim your word to your beloved people.

Open the hearts of all who worship with us,
     so that they may hear your voice when I read.
Let nothing in my life or manner disturb your people
     or close their hearts to the action of your Spirit.

Cleanse my heart and mind,
     and open my lips so that I may proclaim your glory.
All praise to you, heavenly Father,
     through the Lord Jesus in the Holy Spirit,
     now and forever. Amen.

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