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Lectors

LECTORS

What is a Lector? 

 A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass.

 A lector must have the qualifications listed below and have a desire to minister in this capacity at the Eucharistic liturgy. This ministry in the Church requires a person who is of excellent character and serious about the practice of their faith.

 The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God´s presence in that Word.

 How does a person become a Lector?

 Parishioners may volunteer to the coordinator of lectors or make their desire known directly to the Rector.  However, lectors will be selected after all other criteria have been established on the basis of objective pastoral need.

 Lectors should be carefully chosen based on their skills in proclamation, their willingness to complete formation in this ministry and their evidence of a deep spirituality.

 If you are an adult and feel you may have the gift of proclaiming, please contact our Lector´s Coordinator, Robin Corner, at (250) 477-7333.

 Who can be a Lector?

  • man, woman or young person (grade 4 or older)
  • a person in full communion with the Catholic Church
  • a person serious about the practice of their faith
  • a person who is willing to complete a parish or diocesan formation process 

 The two requirements for lectors listed in the General Instruction are that they are to be truly suited to perform this function and that they should receive careful preparation. The General Introduction to the Lectionary provides a more detailed description of the qualifications for non-instituted lectors:

 The Liturgical Assembly truly requires readers, even those who are not instituted. Proper measures must, therefore, be taken to ensure that there are qualified laypersons who have been trained to carry out this ministry. Whenever there is more than one reading, it is better to assign the readings to different readers, if available. (#52) 
 
Regarding what is necessary for an individual to be truly suited, it would seem that this involves being a fully initiated Catholic living in communion with the Church. Thus, a lector should have preferably received both First Holy Communion and Confirmation and should not be living in an invalid marriage or in any other state of grave sin. A lector should be free of any canonical penalty and be living a life that befits the ministry to be undertaken. Being truly suited also implies the necessary talents to serve as a lector. Thus, individuals who are not able to proclaim the readings in a clear manner that expresses the dignity of scripture may not be suited for this service in church.

 What is required for formation?

All new candidates for lector must receive training, either from the Rector or his delegate (normally done in a parish workshop) or through a diocesan workshop. No person, no matter how well educated or trained, may be excused from formation for the ministry of lector.

 The instruction must include the following:

  • Scriptural spirituality for Ministers of the Word
  • preparing the Scriptures prayerfully
  • instruction in Liturgy of the Word
  • proclaiming the Word: practicum and formation in public speaking
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