Lay people may be deputed to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, people who are truly suited to carrying out this function and carefully prepared, so that by their hearing the readings from the sacred texts the faithful may conceive in their hearts a sweet and living affection for Sacred Scripture (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 101).
Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly so that the faithful may hear and respond to God’s Word during Mass and throughout their lives. Using proper diction and public speaking techniques, lectors enable the liturgical assembly to listen attentively to Sacred Scripture and to have a love for it.
- Proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel.
- Announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful on Sundays.
- Lead the Responsorial Psalm between the readings on weekdays.
After completing a training session and with their ongoing personal study of the readings for Mass, lectors will:
- Relate the readings from Sacred Scripture with a clear, strong speaking voice that is consistently able to be heard with ease by the assembly.
- Express the meaning and emotion of the readings through the use of proper diction, pacing, and voice inflection, which are appropriate to specific genres of sacred literature.
- Move to and from the ambo in a way that does not distract from the liturgy.
Before they begin to serve, new lectors must attend a training session during the first few weeks of the semester.
Lectors should prepare for the liturgy by reviewing the readings for Mass at home. They should arrive at least ten minutes before their scheduled liturgy and check the lectionary in the sacristy. If you cannot serve at your scheduled liturgy, you must find a substitute from the roster of lectors.
- Fully initiated Catholic.
- Strong, clear voice.
- Review the readings at home prior to your scheduled Mass.
- Wear dress shoes and clothing that is appropriate to the sacred liturgy (“Sunday best”).
- A sense of reverence and proper decorum.
- Complete a training session.
- Previous experience in public speaking is helpful but not mandatory.
Fill out the Becoming Involved in Liturgy Form to sign up and get started.
For more information contact Dr. John Paul Salay, Coordinator of Liturgy and R.C.I.A.