Ministry of Reader
The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue,
that I may know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
- Isaiah 50:4
Thank you for responding to God’s calling in this important vital role in assisting within the celebration of Mass.
What can you expect?
- A three year term.
- Be a Minister of the Word for at least one liturgy per month.
- Be expected to attend one training session each year.
If not already involved in another ministry within the parish will be expected to complete appropriate volunteer registration forms.
With the advent of the Second Vatican Council, many changes were made in the celebration of the liturgy so that the worshipping community could take a more active role in the Mass. One of those changes was the institution of the of Lector or reading. We read the following from one of the councilor documents: “...lectors exercise a genuine liturgical ministry. They ought therefore, to discharge their office with sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God’s people... they must be deeply penetrated with the spirit of the liturgy...and must be trained to exercise that function in a correct and orderly manner. (Sacrosanctum Concilium)”
- As you can see, being a lector is not just a matter of reading from a book at mass. Lectors must be properly disposed to their ministry and understand the importance of proclaiming God’s Word to their brothers and sisters with understanding and reverence.
- Because the Minister of the Word is a special ministry in the Church, the person who wishes to be a lector must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic.
- They should have a deep reverence for Sacred Scripture.
- And of course, they should be confident in their public speaking ability so that when they exercise their ministry, the Word rings loud and clear to the members of the community who are listening.