Ministry of the Word / Lectors
According to ancient tradition and the teaching of the Church, lay ministers called lectors proclaim the readings other than the Gospel. “By tradition, the function of proclaiming the readings is ministerial, not presidential.
The readings, therefore, should be proclaimed by a lector…” (GIRM*, 59) It is not the ordinary practice of the Church for ordained ministers to proclaim these readings.
“Whenever there is more than one reading, it is better to assign the readings to different readers, if available.” (LMI, 52**) Our parish community is working toward having enough trained lectors to fulfill this goal on Sundays when there is more than one reading before the Gospel.
All liturgical ministers, especially the ministers of the word, must be properly trained for
their ministry. The ministry of the word requires skill in public reading, knowledge of the principles of liturgy, and an understanding and a love of the Scriptures.
Normally, only properly trained lectors are scheduled for liturgy (LMI, 55). Lector formation workshops are offered on an ongoing basis within the parish as well as through the Archdiocesan Office ofDivine Worship twice each year.
Lectors are fully initiated (baptized, confirmed and admitted to first Communion), practicingCatholics whose lives witness to the word that they proclaim.
They must be in good standing with the Church. Lectors do not require a mandate to read at Mass; however, lectors should be blessed and commissioned for service in the parish before they begin this ministry.
Lectors should periodically participate in enrichment programs such as bible study, Scripture sharing and/or proclamation techniques.
*General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
**Lectionary for Mass, Introduction.
For more information on becoming a lector, please contact: Donna@MadonnaChurch.org