The function of the Lector/Reader is to effectively proclaim the Word of God during liturgical celebrations. A Lector strives to present the Word of God with clarity and distinction so that it is not just merely “read” but fully understood by the listening Parish Community.
It is the task of Lectors to proclaim the Scriptures so that they command the attention of all. Proclaiming the Word is different from any other reading. Eye contact and presence is of the essence – God speaks to people through the Lector. A period of silence and reflection after the reading is very important. The Lector clearly and understandly proclaims the Word of God to the community. Lectors must feel comfortable standing in front of the community, have good communication skills and the ability to read effectively. Lectors are called from the community and minister to the community.
Lectionary readings from the both the Old and New Testament are assigned in advance. In addition to the text, Lectors also receive supplementary materials of theological and historical backgrounds to help them better understand the text. Lectors are also responsible for reading the upcoming parish events form a list of “Pulpit Announcements”. Ministry formation and training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance. Lectors are expected to be present 20 minutes before Mass and to dress modestly and appropriately. On occasion they may be called on to serve at a Mass when there is a need.
If you would like to become a Lector, please call the Parish Office.