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The Liturgical Ministry of a Reader by Philip Tovey

16 March 2018

PHILIP TOVEY, Principal of the Oxford Local Ministry Scheme, has found “exciting possibilities” for Readers after examining the rubrics and directions in Common Worship, the canons, and the Bishops’ Regula­tions. He reports back in a booklet, The Liturgical Ministry of a Reader (Grove Books, W230, £3.95; 978-1-78827-000-7). He considers the preaching of the Word (including catechesis and such things as evening classes in NT Greek); reading morning and evening prayer (and Services of the Word); funerals (a ministry “increasingly valued”); distributing communion and ministry to the sick; thanksgiving (after the birth of a child, after marriage, and affirmation of baptismal faith), emergency baptism, and communion by extension.

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