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Ministry of Gods Word Instructions
In proclaiming the word of God at Masses, readers serve to bring God's message to our ears and to our hearts so that we may serve Him fully in our daily lives. Those who are able and wish to do so could also make themselves available to proclaim the word of God.
Coordinator for Lectors: Marie Walter 715-255-9266.
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Guidelines for Lectors
In the words of the Second Vatican Council, those assembled to celebrate Mass should be "Instructed by God's Word and nourished at the table of the Lord's Body." Since lectors are among those who proclaim God's Word at Mass, they play an important rote in "instructing" those assembled. For that reason, the Ministry of Lector is a very important one; and the exercise of that ministry needs to be taken very seriously. If the lectors do not exercise their ministry effectively, God's Word is drained of its effectiveness, and we do a great disservice to the assembly and to the God we have pledged to serve. God is "almighty", and his Word has a transcendent power of its own.
But God, in his loving kindness, has chosen to work through human instruments. Lectors are such instruments. We are God's instruments in proclaiming his Word to his people. All the lectors meet twice year. Those who wish to be a lector, please call the pastor.
Since lectors perform a public function, their conduct is always under scrutiny. They must always be careful not to bring discredit to their ministry or the Church.
1. Prepare diligently and thoroughly enough to effectively proclaim the Word of God.
2. Dress in keeping with the dignity of the ministry and the liturgy.
3. Perform the duties of the ministry faithfully.
4. Show respect for the Blessed Sacrament, and always act in a dignified manner when
exercising your ministry.
5. If a lector is unable to serve at a Mass as scheduled and assigned, it is the sole responsibility of that lector to find a replacement/substitute lector ahead of time. Do not
be a "no show" as it is not fair to the other lector serving at the same Mass.
Duties of the Lectors
Make the Introduction at the beginning of Mass.
Carry the Book of Gospels in the procession when there is no Deacon for the Mass.
Proclaim the First Reading. Proclaim the Second Reading, if the servers are not ready.
Lead the Prayer of the Faithful
Read the announcements after Communion.
Preparation Before Mass Begins
As mentioned above, lectors should thoroughly prepare the readings they are going to proclaim. Practicing all readings for the Mass is recommended, in the event that the other person is unable to serve.
1) Arrive at least fifteen (15 ) minutes before the start of Mass.
2) After arriving, say a short prayer asking for God's help in exercising your ministry.
3) Make sure that the Lectionary is in the sacristy. It is recommended Lectors review the Lectionary before Mass to make sure they know which page and where on the page their reading is found.
4) Make sure the microphone is in place and the sound system is on.
5) Make sure the Book of the Gospels and Intentions are placed in the sacristy, ready to be carried up.
6) Make sure all page numbers are correctly marked with ribbons in the Book of Gospels
and the Sacramentary.
7) Lector will carry the Book of Gospels in the Entrance Procession. . The Lector proceeds immediately in front of the Clergy. Lector may sit with their families during Mass. If you are coming from the pews, bow before the altar.(the Prayer of the Faithful and the Announcements.)
8) After proclaiming the First Reading, be sure the Lectionary is open to the correct page for the Second Reading. Return to your seat.
9) Normally a Cantor or the Choir will lead the Responsorial Psalm. However, if there is no Cantor or Choir for the Mass, Lector will lead the Responsorial Psalm. And immediately thereafter proclaim the Second Reading. This will create a pause for reflection after the First Reading (but not after the Responsorial Psalm). This arrangement will allow time for the necessary reflection.
10) While the assembly recites the Creed, at that point where it says we believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, proceed to the Ambo and be ready for the Prayer of the Faithful.