Ministry of Lector
The call to discipleship, inherent in Baptism, finds its expression through ministerial involvement. God’s people respond to the invitation of the Holy Spirit to identify and offer their gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ.
The word proclaim comes from the Latin pro meaning “before” and clamare meaning “to cry out.” The Lector proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ, making God present to the gathered community. It is an ancient teaching in the Church that Christ is truly present in His Word: the Word that is spoken, heard and acted upon. A willingness to study the Scriptures and time to pray with the readings before each liturgical assignment are necessary commitments for a Lector. The degree and kind of relationship that you establish with the Word is the wellspring of your service. The Rule of St. Benedict advises us:
“anyone can read Scripture in public; only a believer can proclaim them.”
1. The lector processes in with the Book of the Gospels, raised slightly. Only one lector processes in the opening procession, following the altar servers. Once the Lector approaches the altar, he/she bows reverently and immediately proceeds to place the Book of the Gospels on its appropriate stand located on the altar.
2. At the time of the readings, the lector approaches the altar by coming up the centre aisle, bow’s reverently before entering the sanctuary, and proceeds to the ambo (lectern) to proclaim the Word of the Lord.
3. The lector begins the reading (first and second) with “A reading from …” there is no need to introduce it “The first reading is …” is not liturgically correct. Upon completion of the reading, the lector says (as is written) “The Word of the Lord” to which the people respond “Thanks be to God.”
4. If the psalm is to be proclaimed (and not sung – check in with the sacristy before Mass) there is no need to say “the response to the psalm,” or “the responsorial psalm is,” this is not liturgically correct and is redundant. Simply begin with the refrain, allow the assembly to respond, and proclaim the psalm.
Thank you for your willingness to share your
time and talent with our faith community.
If you are interested in becoming a lector at St. Michael's Parish, please contact the rectory.