A new home for the bible guide

At some point this year, the dedicated domain and premium plan for this site will lapse. That means a lot of internal links will be broken. I have therefore backed-up what I hope will be a permanent version elsewhere of the Reading Rite guide to the Bible (particularly aimed at those who read it in church. If you’ve bookmarked content, I suggest changing that bookmark to the new home, at least until I find out how much changes when I stop paying for the premium plan.

You can find the guide and a full index at Lection and Liturgy.

Reading well: five basics

This post is in the series Rite Reading.

In my previous post, I mentioned a list of five key things to watch out for which will help you to read well. Today I want to go through that list in more detail.

Pitch

All of us speak with a varying pitch, and it helps people understand what we say. Normally, for example, we end a question with a rising tone1. As a basic rule, in most contexts for public reading, it is good make sure we do end questions on a rising pitch, and statements on a falling one.

Most of us do better reading in a slightly lower tone than we speak naturally in. It helps our voice carry more clearly. However, I have heard people lower their voices drastically when reading or praying: it is incredibly distracting. Your voice should be as near to your normal one as possible, but slightly lower in its overall pitch. Avoid anything that sounds “put on” or artificial.

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