f you feel called to proclaim the word of God during Mass, we welcome you to join the English lectors! The readers serve the liturgical assembly by proclaiming the sacred Scripture during the Liturgy of the Word. The worthy exercise of this role enables the Church to hear the Word of God more clearly and receive it with more open hearts. Such regular public nourishment with the biblical Word helps to sustain the community and contributes to its ongoing conversion and mission.
The Lector participates fully in the liturgy as an exemplary member of the assembly
- Proclaims the biblical text with clarity, conviction, dignity and understanding.
- Expresses reverence and decorum in carrying out this and other aspects of her/his role according to the general liturgical norms (procession, handling the book, etc.).
- Is faithful to the schedule of assignments and helpful in assuring that all the local community’s liturgical assemblies are adequately served with this ministry.
The lectors are responsible for the First and Second readings at Mass, the Prayers of the Faithful, and the announcements. It is a great privilege to share God’s word with the congregation and you will find that your preparation for the Mass will draw you more deeply into the readings and the meaning of the worship service.
Two lectors serve at each of the four English Masses – Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 7:30 am, 11:00 am, and 5:30 pm. You can specify the Masses for which you are available to read (not surprisingly, we are always looking for help with the 7:30 am masses!). On average, you will be asked to serve as a lector twice a month.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
Extended resources for Lector preparation:
- Raising the Standard for Proclaiming God’s Word
- The Sunday Website of St. Louis University
- Busted Halo
- US Council of Catholic Bishops Liturgical Calendar (includes the liturgical colors for the masses, for those who like to be properly attired!)
Here are the instructions and schedule for lectorsClick here to read
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