Minister of the Word (Lector)
The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I may speak to the weary a word that will rouse them”. (Isaiah 50:4) Ministers of the Word are referred to as ‘proclaimers’ to emphasize that there is more to the ministry than simply reading the scriptures aloud to the liturgical congregation. We know that God’s word is special so we want to share the special skill that this ministry deserves.
When an individual answers the call to be a Minister of the Word, they enter a deeper relationship with the word of God as revealed in sacred scripture. They take upon themselves the duty and privilege of bringing the printed word to life – making it flesh, so to speak. This ministry, as a lector or proclaimer, gives voice to God’s healing and strengthening word as it goes forth irrevocably to the ends of the earth, achieving the purpose for which God sent it.
The Minister of the Word proclaims the first and second readings at a Sunday Mass. They also lead the “prayers of the Faithful”. The Minister of the Word may, when a Cantor is not present, read the Responsorial Psalm.
The Minister of the Word must have an ability to read well and the desire to prayerfully prepare the readings during the week prior to the Mass. The parish provides workbooks to assist with the preparation (such as word pronunciation). The Minister of the Word should be dressed appropriately and arrive 10 minutes prior to Mass to mark the Lectionary and to review the readings and “prayers of the faithful”.
The Minister of the Word also meets in the Sacristy prior to Mass to participate in prayers prior to the procession. The Minister of the Wordenters with the procession and if the Deacon is not present, the Minister of the Word carries the Gospel and places it on the Altar.
Readings for the Month
Click on the following link to connect you to the web site that includes the readings for the month: www.usccb.org