The Ministry of Lectors


The role of the lector is the art of proclaiming God's word to those who are willing to listen. Selections have been made for the worship life of our community and put in a book called the lectionary. When we gather for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, men and women educated to the task are called upon to read the sacred texts. The name given to those who perform this task is "lector," from the Latin word legere, which means to read. The role of the lector is threefold.  It is a job, a ministry and a vocation.

The Job

Liturgy literally means the work of the people. Reading the scripture is a labor of love. It requires having both knowledge and certain skills for the work to be done in a satisfying manner to all. They say that by teaching something we also learn. This is very true. For in praying and preparing to proclaim the word of the Lord, we receive so much.

The Ministry

The word ministry, also from the Latin, means to serve and offers another perspective on the role of the lector; a form of service to the community. The readings within the liturgy serve to nourish and sustain the Body of Christ.

The Vocation

The universal call to holiness and to witness to Christ in the world comes to fulfillment differently in each of us. One expression of this call can be found in the ministry of reader. Drawing closer to God who speaks through the scriptures is an invitation this ministry offers to you. In proclaiming God's word to others we accept it ourselves.


To be an effective lector calls for adequate preparation that includes study, prayer and practice. God's voice speaks to us through the words in the scriptures and we are truly nourished. The role of the lector cooperates in bringing to fullfilment God's decision to speak not only to us but also through us. Anyone who might be interested in this ministry is encouraged to pray and ask direction from God our Father.