Scripture Reading Instructions

Bible Reading Procedure


1. First Reading: Start walking to the altar, when the Achan starts the prayer Glorious, Mighty, Immortal and Holy God. 

2. Second Reading: Father will say a prayer before the 2nd reading - “Lord our God, illumine our hearts...”. The 2nd reader can start walking to the altar during this time, so that she/he is ready to begin as soon as Father has completed the prayer. 

2. Bow before the altar and move to the lectern on your right (1st reader), left (2nd reader) 

3. Adjust the microphone to a position below your chin so that when you read your voice will be heard.

4. Announcing the reading

1. First Reading : Is from the old testament. Announce your reading, 

    "A reading from the book of ...., chapter..., verse...". 

2. Second Reading : Is from the epistles(letters). Announce your reading , 

     “Brothers and sisters, a reading from " ... See the reference at the end for phrases

5. Then turn to Father and bow saying, "Bless me, Father". Resume reading

6. Conclusion 

    The reader does not need to say anything special to conclude.The last sentence should be read in such a way that the congregation realizes that you have reached the end of your reading. This can be done by by adding emphasis on the last few phrases.

7. Wait for the congregation to respond, then go back the way you came. 

8. When heading back to your seat, bow before the altar and head back.


Best Practices 

1. Adjust the microphone to ensure, everyone in the church can hear you.

2. Read slowly, to ensure everyone can follow your words. 

3. Remember you are reading the word of God, you cannot add words to or remove words from this or change words 

4. Include pauses where appropriate (full stops, commas) so that they are able to follow.

5. Intonation - if there is a question in the passage, read it as if you are asking a question. 

Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you say I am?" 

6. Make eye contact with the audience. From time-to-time read ahead of the sentence and look to the audience and say the rest of the sentence. This takes some practice but is easy once you practice. 1

7. Practice, Practice, Practice : By the time you approach the lectern you should have read the passage aloud a few times at home. 

a. This allows you to handle tricky words such as Nebuchadnezzar. 

b. Plan for where you will pause and add emphasis. 

8. If you make a mistake, don’t panic, stay calm and do your best to finish your reading


Announcing the Readings

Depending on the reading this is the introduction

First Reading

  • A reading from the Book of Genesis (or Exodus, Joshua, Proverbs, Job, etc., for most OT books).
  • A reading from the first (or second) Book of Samuel (or Kings, Chronicles, Maccabees).
  • A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah (or Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, etc., for all prophets).
  • A reading from the Song of Songs.  (the only OT text not “from the Book of…”)

Second Reading

Brothers and Sisters ...

  • A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
  • A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (or Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians).
  • A reading from the first (or second) Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (or Thessalonians).
  • A reading from the first (or second) Letter of St. Paul to Timothy.
  • A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Titus (or Philemon).
  • A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.   (not “…of Paul to the Hebrews”)
  • A reading from the Letter of St. James (or St. Jude).
  • A reading from the first (or second, or third) Letter of St. Peter (or St. John).
  • A reading from the Book of Revelation.  (not plural “Revelations”)


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