Proclamation of the Word
The Word of God and the Gospel is proclaimed in the Liturgy. It is not simply read.
In the Liturgy, the Word of God and the Gospel is proclaimed as something good to hear not merely as something religious to read about.
At the conclusion of the Gospel in the Lectionary there is the statement: This is the Gospel of the Lord. Similarly at the conclusion of the other readings we see: This is the Word of the Lord. (The Lectionary in other languages omits the equivalent of This is, and states succinctly The Gospel of the Lord, The Word of the Lord.
This is the Word of the Lord is a descriptive statement.
The Word of the Lord is a proclamation statement.
This is the Word of the Lord is a statement which places some emphasis on description.
The Word of the Lord statement places emphasis on proclamation.
The Word of the Lord is also neater, more forceful.
This is the Word of the Lord could be perceived as verbally cluttered!
It is often good for the Liturgy to use words, gestures and symbols sparingly, in a graceful manner, leaving space and time for prayer and the movement of the Spirit in the minds and hearts of the participants.
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