Lector’s Liturgical Role:
When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and the Lector is the one who proclaims the readings (except for the Gospel) to the faithful.
Those in the Lector ministry don’t simply read or narrate; they proclaim the Word of God!
Lectors are assigned on Saturdays, Sundays, Holy Days, and other special liturgies throughout the Church year. In the absence of a deacon, the Lector also announces the petitions of the Prayer of the Faithful. At Masses without music, the Lector leads the Entrance Antiphon and Communion Antiphon.
The pastor himself deputes lectors for this ministry. A Lector must be a baptized Catholic who attends Mass weekly, lives according to the faith’s moral teachings, and possesses the necessary public speaking ability. The Lector proclaims the Scriptures from the depths of their own lived faith.
If you feel Our Lord is calling you to serve the Church as a Lector, please see one of the priests or Matt Ruel.
Most Lectors are scheduled to read at one weekend Mass per month, generally the same Mass every month. The Lector is responsible for contacting their fellow Lectors and arranging coverage if he/she cannot fulfill their obligation.
In most cases, two lectors are assigned for each Mass.
Each reading during the Liturgy of the Word should have its own Lector. However, occasionally, the same Lector may proclaim more than one reading.
For more information, contact Matt Ruehl at (617) 413-7835.