Those who proclaim God’s word in the liturgy are ministers. When you answer the call to be a minister of the word, you enter a deeper relationship with God revealed in sacred Scripture. Workbooks with the Sunday readings are available for the taking, so the Lectorcan prepare ahead of time.
The reader proclaims God’s word to the assembled faith community. It’s that simple and that sublime. Although the ministry is a simple one, that does not mean it’s easy to do well or requires little energy or effort. Simplicity refers to the mode of the ministry, the reader’s ability to proclaim the word transparently, which allows the word itself, and not the proclaimer, to take center stage. *
Women and men who take on the ministry of reader are presumed to be of good faith, eager to serve their fellow Christians and wiling to engage in ongoing formation for effective service* (one training session). Basic abilities are required.
Lectors are scheduled for one or two Masses per month. A reader must arrange for a replacement if not available on the scheduled Mass.
* Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers, U.S. Edition, Aelred R. Rosser