Liturgical Ministries - Lectors

The Lector is privileged to play a very important role during the Liturgy in presenting the Word to the assembly. As the Second Vatican Council “In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, but as what it really is, the Word of God.” [Dei Verbum, 24] This is echoed in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), “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 greatest importance to the Liturgy” [GIRM, 29]. The Lector does not simply read aloud during the Mass, but the Lector offers his or her voice to bring the living Word of God to the assembly.

To prepare for this important ministry, Lectors are provided with a workbook that contains the readings for the entire Church year. The workbook includes practical guidance for pronunciation and technical aspects of proclaiming the Word, as well as commentary and suggestions to better understand and pray the Scriptures. This prayerful reflection and preparation not only promotes faithful proclamation, it also enriches the one serving in this ministry to grow in faith and come to know the Lord better. If you have both the interest and ability to proclaim the Scriptures during the Sunday and Holy Day liturgies, please call the parish office at 219-769-1755 during office hours for more information.