"The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them." Isaiah 50:4
Lectors strive to make the Liturgy of the Word as meaningful as possible for the worshiping assembly by speaking God’s Word as storyteller, telling how God has acted and is acting in our lives. Lectors must proclaim God’s Word in a clear and compelling manner so that the worshiping assembly will be inspired to ponder and meditate on God’s words in their daily lives. Lectors also raise the prayers of the faithful to God on behalf of the assembly. Two lectors are needed at every weekend and holy day Mass. The first lector reads the opening announcements, proclaims the Old Testament reading, and unless the Deacon is present, reads the Prayers of the People. The second lector proclaims the New Testament reading, reads the announcements at the conclusion, and in the absence of the Deacon, carries in the Book of the Gospels. Lectors are also needed for each weekday Mass.
Must be in at least 8th grade or older.
Must have a clear, steady voice and be comfortable reading in public.
Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.
Must be willing to study the Scripture passage and take time to practice proclaiming the reading before each liturgical assignment to achieve effective liturgical proclamation.
Lectors are expected to dress in a modest and respectful manner.
Guidelines for the ministry and practical training are provided. Lectors receive a workbook with the readings for the current liturgical year as a resource in their preparation.
Watch the bulletin for when the next training session will be held.