Ministry of Reader.
“The Word of God as proclaimed in the sacred Scripture lies at the heart of our Christian life and is integral to all our liturgical celebrations (Book of Blessings, 1827).”
The proclamation of the Word of God is truly a service to the Church. Lectors bring the living Word of God to the liturgical assembly. The ministry of the Word should, therefore, be treated seriously and with great dignity. (GIRM 55)
The Word of God is not merely read during the liturgy. It is proclaimed, yet not with theatrical show. Effective proclamation involves the delivery of the message with clarity, conviction and appropriate pace. It demands the ability to evoke faith in others by demonstrating one's own faith. Proclamation is a special ministry which presupposes faith. It also rouses faith in those who hear the Word proclaimed.
Who can be a Reader?
Any baptized Catholic can be a Reader. You should have received your Confirmation, be a registered parishioner and regularly attend Mass.
How often will I serve?
Depending on what Mass you read it can be as often as twice a month or as little as once every couple of months.
Will I be trained?
All liturgical ministers, especially lectors, must be properly trained for their ministry. This ministry of the Word requires skill in public reading, knowledge of the principles of liturgy, and an understanding of the scriptures. Only properly trained and commissioned lectors should be scheduled for liturgy. (GIRM 101)
Reader training comes in two parts.
1. You must attend the Lector Preparation Class at the parish.
2. You must attend a training session or refresher with the Director of this ministry.
Where do I begin?
If you would be interested in serving in the Ministry of Reader, contact: Allen Renshaw