When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to His people, and Christ, present in His word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM], no. 29)
What is a Lector? This ministry may also be called reader or minister of the word. The Lector is a lay member of the Parish whose primary duty is to proclaim the word of God through the reading of Sacred Scripture during liturgical celebrations. This person also may lead the Psalm (in the absence of a cantor) and the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass (in the absence of the deacon).
An individual interested in this ministry should be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd with a voice that projects and commands attention. A volunteer should be willing to invest the time to study and prepare for the readings in advance so that they are delivered to the congregation with meaning.
A Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers is provided by the Parish to assist the Lector in preparation for proclaiming the Sacred Scripture.
All new candidates to lector at St. Gianna will receive training in our Parish. No person, no matter how well educated or trained, may be excused from formation for the ministry of lector. An individual’s designation on the monthly schedule as Lector (A) or Lector (B) determines the responsibilities that person has. In general, it is the role of Lector (A) to welcome the congregation, proclaim the Old Testament reading and lead the petitions in the Prayers of the Faithful. The individual designated as Lector (B) reads the New Testament scripture.
Young adults, fully initiated (i.e. confirmed and has received first Eucharist) are most welcome to lector during liturgy in our Church. If you are interested in becoming a Lector, please contact the Parish office (609) 646-5611.