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All about a Reader

NOT being a Reader myself, I didn't know that Lectors were a minor order abolished at the Reformation, and brought back later as Readers because the Church needed them.

A video produced by the diocese of Monmouth could be of real service to any diocese or parish that wants to explain what a Reader is and does. It is a very professional production, and totally straightforward, telling their history, the sort of training they get, and the work they do in a parish.

The only slight aberration, says Donald Maxfield, secretary to the Monmouth Association of Readers, is that some of it was filmed while Dr Rowan Williams was still Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Monmouth, at a time when he was keen on the permanent diaconate, and he spends some time in the video explaining the very subtle differences. I gather from Mr Maxfield that Dr Williams's views were not widely shared among Readers, and have rather faded away.

But the video (soon a DVD as well) is excellent value at £6 including postage, and can be ordered from Canon Andrew Willie, 7 Gold Tops, Newport NP20 4PH.


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