take time prior to the Mass to study the scriptures
and practice their reading aloud. Ten minutes before Mass is not
practice, but ten minutes a day during the week prior to Mass is
practice. The readers should also take the time to pray and to read the
other scripture texts of the day in order to understand the context of
their particular reading. Through this study and practice, the reading
will become the living Word of God.
Scriptures, above all in their liturgical proclamation, are the source
of life and strength....Love of the Scriptures is therefore a force
reinvigorating and renewing the entire people of God. (Introduction to
the Lectionary #47)
Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to His people,
and Christ, present in His own Word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore,
all must listen with reverence to the readings from God's Word, for
they make up an element of greatest importance in the Liturgy.
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal #29)
- Lectors are
scheduled for weekend Masses by Dave
Tully, Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries. Scheduling of Mass times,
how often per month, etc., is at the discretion of the lay minister.
The schedule is prepared and sent as a group email monthly. Each
minister is then responsible to one another for your scheduled times of
service. Arrive for your Mass time ready to serve the parish
- Each minister is
responsible to inform Dave if and
when you will NOT be available during a given month. You will be asked
via group email, near the 15th of each month concerning unavailability
- A monthly schedule
is emailed to all ministers. If
you are unable to serve on a day you are scheduled, it is your
responsibility to find a substitute to take your place. Please do not
call Dave Tully or the parish office expecting them to find a
substitute for you.
is expected for all ministers at all times. You are asked to be neat
and presentable when carrying out your important ministry. It would be
advisable to come to church ready to serve whether you are scheduled or
Men are encouraged,
but not required, to wear ties. A nice sport shirt, sport coat, suit,
sweater, etc. and dress slacks are fine.
are encouraged to dress neatly. Do not wear anything that is
distracting or inappropriate in church. Clothing that is low cut,
showing the midriff, too short or bares the shoulders or back is not
appropriate dress for women in church at any time.
attire is anything that is attention grabbing. This would
include revealing clothing, shirts with printing on them, or flashy
earrings. At no time is ANY denim acceptable.
are expected to arrive for their scheduled Mass with the readings
prepared! Please use your lector workbook to practice your
- Lectors who are
scheduled for Mass should check in
with our Sacristan, Dave Tully, before Mass begins. Please do this at
least 15 minutes before
- After checking in,
please familiarize yourself with
the location of the readings in the Lectionary, the three-ring binder
with the Call to Worship, General Intercessions and Parish
Announcements. Please ask for assistance with the pronunciation of
unfamiliar names or words with the Sacristan (Dave) or Presider.
of the Word
- Two lectors are
assigned for each weekend
- Lector 1 will
be responsible for:
- Call to
the First Reading
- Leading the
General Intercessions (Prayers of
- Lector 2 will
be responsible for:
- Carrying the
Book of the Gospels (during the
the Second Reading
- Reading the
Announcements after Communion
- Just before Mass
begins, all ministers leave the
sacristy for their stations
1 walks to the North sacristy via the rear altar tunnel
with Lectionary and 3-ring binder in hand. Lector walks to the ambo and
places the Lectionary on the top of the Ambo, making sure that the book
is opened to the First Reading of the Mass. Next, place the 3-ring
binder on top of the open Lectionary, making sure that it is open to
the Call to Worship page. Walk to your assigned seat within the
sanctuary. Lector 1 should keep an eye on the back of church awaiting
the sign from the Presider to begin with the Call to Worship at the
ambo. When finished place the binder on one of the lower shelves of the
ambo so that the Lectionary is ready with the First Reading. Lector 1
then walks down the steps of the sanctuary, and stands at the foot of
the sanctuary to wait for the procession to move up the aisle from the
back of church.
with the Book of the Gospels, the Presider, and Altar Servers leave the
sacristy through the side hallway to the back of church in preparation
for the procession at the beginning of Mass. The Lector, carrying the
Book of the Gospels, processes immediately before the Presider. If a
deacon is present, he will carry the Book of the Gospels. In this case,
Lector 2 does not join in with the procession into church. Instead,
Lector 2 should go to the assigned seat off of the north aisle near the
front of church.
- When the entrance
procession reaches the foot of the
sanctuary, Lector 2 places the Book of the Gospels into its stand
(plastic holder) on the Altar. (Do not bow, do not stop – go
immediately to the Altar.) Both lectors meet together at foot of the
Altar, line up with the other ministers in front of the Altar. Lectors
should be to the far left of the line (Blessed Mother’s side). All bow
to the Altar (head
- not torso) with the Presider. Lectors then go to
their place in the pew.
- Lectors will be
seated in the second pew on the north
side (Blessed Mother’s side) of church on the side aisle. Reserve signs
are posted for these spaces.
- After the reading
of the Collect (opening prayer),
all are seated. Lector 1 exits the pew and approaches the sanctuary.
Bow to the Altar, in the center, and go to the Ambo and proclaim the
First Reading. Immediately after reading "The Word of the Lord," turn
the page of the Lectionary so that the proper Second Reading is showing
and available for Lector 2. Return to your pew. There is no need to bow
on returning to your seat.
- At the conclusion
of the Second Reading, Lector 2
removes the Lectionary from the top of the Ambo, closes the book and
places it on a shelf below. Lector 2 then returns to the pew.
- At the beginning
of the last paragraph
of the Profession of Faith (Creed), Lector 1 exits the pew, bows in
front of the Altar and goes to the Ambo to lead the General
Intercessions. The priest will introduce the General Intercessions.
When the presider has concluded the closing prayer of the
intercessions, Lector 1 returns to the pew. If there is a Baptism at
Mass the lector is to move into the sanctuary as the Baptism is taking
place in the back of the church so that they are ready with the General
Intercessions as soon as the Presider returns to the sanctuary.
- Immediately at the
conclusion of the Sign of Peace,
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (only) come into the
sanctuary and proceed to their assigned positions.
- Lectors receive
Communion with the rest of the
- After all of the
faithful have received Holy
Communion, the Presider will return to the chair. After he is seated,
Lector 2 proceeds to the Ambo to read the Announcements. At the
conclusion of the Announcements, Lector 2 returns to their pew. Please
note: The lector should
NOT preface the Announcements, i.e. “We have several Announcements.”
- Lectors DO
NOT join in with the other ministers during the
recessional. Remain in the pew and join in with the closing hymn.
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