"Those who exercise the ministry of lectors, even if they have not received instruction must be truly qualified and carefully prepared in order that the faithful will develop a warm and lively love for Scripture from listening to the reading of the sacred texts." (General Instruction on the Roman Missal #66)
What is a Lector:
"Lectors exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought to discharge their office, therefore, with the sincere devotion and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God's people."
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy # 29
"Those who exercise the ministry of lectors, even if they have not received instruction must be truly qualified and carefully prepared in order that the faithful will develop a warm and lively love for Scripture from listening to the reading of the sacred texts."
General Instruction on the Roman Missal #66
“A speaking style on the part of the lectors that is audible, clear and intelligent is the first means of transmitting the Word of God properly to the assembly."
Lectionary for Mass Introduction #14
"Their preparation must above all be spiritual , but what may be called a technical preparation is also needed. The spiritual preparation presupposes at least a biblical and liturgical formation. The purpose of their biblical formation is to give readers the ability to understand the readings in context and to perceive by the light of faith the central point of the revealed message. The liturgical formation ought to equip the lector to have some grasp of the meaning and structure of the liturgy of the word and the significance of its connection with the liturgy of the Eucharist. The technical preparation should make the lector more skilled in the art of reading publicly, either with power of their own voice or with the help of sound equipment."
Lectionary for Mass: Introduction # 55
The Holy Spirit truly transforms us, with our cooperation, He also wants to transform the world we live in! Thank you for all that you do for this ministry!
Interested in becoming a member of the Lector Ministry? Contact Susan Burky, Office Manager