Lectors proclaim the Word of God during the liturgy. On weekday Masses, Memorials, and Feasts a reading from either the Old or New Testament and a Psalm are proclaimed. On Sunday Masses, Solemnities, and certain Feast days an additional reading is read after the Psalm but before the Gospel. The Lector is also responsible to proclaim the Prayers of the Faithful, the prayers of the entire community offered to God, when a deacon is not present.
Lectors must proclaim the Word of God clearly and with devotion. Proclaiming the Word of God is not a theatrical performance, but a sacred act in which the lector allows the Holy Spirit to speak through him or her to the assembled community. Lectors must have public speaking skills and have a profound love and reverence for Sacred Scripture.
If you are interested in becoming a lector, visit our liturgical ministries page and contact our liturgist Dough Ghizzoni or our liturgy intern Daniel Conigliaro.
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