The ministry of reader calls us to be servants of the Living Word of God. In proclaiming the readings at liturgy, the reader does more than simply read, they proclaim. This is a sacred task of a high order.
”When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people and Christ, present in his own word, is proclaiming the Gospel. Those who read the Scriptures must be truly suited to perform this function and should receive careful preparation, so that the faithful, by listening to the readings from the sacred texts, may develop in their hearts a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture.” – 2010, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Readers should be fully initiated, practicing Catholics (meaning have had the three Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation). They should be practicing Catholics, in good standing with the Church and the parish community.
Our lector trainer periodically schedules training, which takes about one hour in the church. You will also be provided a lector workbook and other lector resources you will need. Lectors are then scheduled to proclaim one of the readings at a Mass which they regularly attend.