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.
The call to discipleship, inherent in Baptism, finds its expression through ministerial involvement. God’s people respond to the invitation of the Holy Spirit to identify and offer their gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ.
The word proclaim comes from the Latin pro meaning “before” and clamare meaning “to cry out.” The Lector proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ, making God present to the gathered community.
It is an ancient teaching in the Church that Christ is truly present in His Word: the Word that is spoken, heard and acted upon. A willingness to study the Scriptures and time to pray with the readings before each liturgical assignment are necessary commitments for a Lector. The degree and kind of relationship that you establish with the Word is the wellspring of your service.
The ministry of Lector is a charism for the building up of the community, and it does require some native abilities such as confidence, poise and sensitivity to the assembly. Reading skills, the ability to develop proclamation techniques and a clear and steady voice are attributes of a Lector.
Guidelines for the ministry and practical training are provided. Lectors receive a workbook with the readings for the current liturgical year as a resource in their preparation. Lectors are scheduled based on their availability form.
The Lector will learn to proclaim the Word transparently so that the Word itself, not the proclaimer, is placed in the foreground. Those who take on the responsibility of the ministry of Lector are presumed to be of good faith, eager to serve their fellow Christians, and willing to engage in ongoing formation to improve the effectiveness of their service. Lectors are expected to dress in a modest and respectful manner.
Comfort with public speaking, while an important gift, does not in itself render a person capable of effective liturgical proclamation, for our purpose is to celebrate the faith shared by the worshipers.
Through your proclamation, the Word of God is alive with power,achieving the sanctification of those to whom it is proclaimed and giving glory to God whose creative Word brought all good things into being.
Thank you for your willingness to share your time and talent with our faith community.