About This Ministry
Readers of the Word, share in a sacred process in the life of the church. In sacred scripture the church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as human word, but as what it really is, the Word of God. Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly. Being a lector provides an opportunity to arrive at a deeper understanding of the scripture through their ministry.
Lectors owe this privilege to the Second Vatican Council which invited the laity into liturgical ministry. The mission of the lector is to serve as a bridge between the Scriptures and the faithful. In undertaking this sacred ministry the lector is committing to preparation and discipline that enables the scripture to become the Living Word.
Preparation includes the spiritual and technical. Spiritual preparation enables the reader to have an ability to understand the readings in context and to perceive the central point of the revealed message. Technical preparation makes the reader more skilled in the art of reading publically. Obviously this preparation requires effort.
God’s Word is living and effective and it goes forth from God’s mouth achieving the end for which He sent it. That doesn’t happen automatically. People must allow the Word to become a transforming influence in their lives. Before they can do that readers must help them hear it.
Typically, lectors are assigned to masses in pairs. They proclaim the first and second readings, do announcements before and after mass as well as intercessions.
Lectors are provided with a workbook to assist in preparing for reading. The workbook is very effective in providing background for the readings, as well as pronunciation and pacing suggestions. Lectors practice their readings during the week leading up to their scheduled reading so that they provide no distraction from the reading.
Lectors process with the altar servers and presider both before mass and in the recessional. They seat themselves close to the altar.
Training is provided for all new lectors in procedure, reading, choreography and use of the microphone.
Pentacost Sunday 5-15-16
Acts 2:1 - 11
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven
staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in their own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the district of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.
Jackie & Dale Webster