The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I may speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.“”
he ministry of Lector is rooted in the power of the Word of God. Prayerful proclamation of Scripture makes the presence of God alive in our midst, stirs hearts, challenges, comforts, and moves the community to work for the Kingdom of God. Those who serves as lectors agree to make the Word of God an integral part of their lives by entering into regular study and prayer of Scripture.
The lector does what any good minister does: comforts us in our suffering, rouses us from our lethargy, confirms us in our faith, and enourages us in our discouragement. All ministry is the noble and unselfish impulse to tell the good news of God's love for the world in Jesus Christ... "When the sciptures are read in the church, it is Christ himself who speaks." So says the church in teaching us about liturgical prayer. All Christians are, by definition, proclaimers of the good news.
Lectors are fully initiated (confirmed), practicing Catholics whose lives witness to the Word which they proclaim; with a love for the Scriptures and a love for those who will be listening to that Word. In order that the service of the Word might be effective, lectors are expected to be prepared for their ministry. Preparation should be spiritual, scriptural and practical.
- Spiritual preparation involves prayer of the text and reflection on its message.
- Scriptural preparation involves understanding the text and interpreting it sufficiently so as to evoke a response from the assembly.
- Practical preparation involves mastering difficult words, learning correct pronunciations and practicing the delivery of the text aloud, ideally in the presence of someone who is able to critique the delivery.
If you are interested in becoming a lector, please contact Cora Dusk at firstname.lastname@example.org.