Lector is the Latin word for reader. In English the word lector often has the connotation of a reader of sacred church writings. The role of the lector dates back to the early days of the Church. The lay ministry of the Word is one of the earliest and richest traditions of the Church. Jesus himself was a forerunner of the Christian lector.
At the Jewish synagogue service any male Jew could be invited to proclaim from the
Jewish scriptures and to give a commentary. The New Testament gives an account of Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth. He unrolled the scrolls and proclaimed a passage from Isaiah.
Jesus stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it is written
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me for he has anointed me. (Luke 4: 17-18)
In the New Testament accounts of Christian proclamations are given about missionaries such as Paul and Barnabas. In the early church the entire Christian community assumed the responsibility for proclamation. The task of first century evangelization was not the exclusive responsibility of ordained bishops and priests.
Ministers of the Word were sent by their Christian community to proclaim the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ.
If you wish to be a lector contact the rectory office at (248) 626-0840.
Potential Lectors are asked to participate in a training session. It is also expected that lectors regularly participate in Bible Study opportunities or workshops on the liturgy.
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It is the task of the lector to proclaim the Word of God to the assembly in such a way that the relevance of the Word for the assembly is implicit. Lectors are on a scheduled basis and serve at weekend liturgies as well as at special occasions.
A lector may serve as long as he/she wishes or until asked to retire to a different liturgical role. Lectors are expected to be people who spend time in daily personal prayer and scripture reading. When scheduled for lectoring at a liturgy, a lector should spend the week prior in practice and preparation.
Gifts that are Needed and Develop for this Ministry:
Lectors should have a good grasp of, and love for Sacred Scripture, and have received all Sacraments of Initiation. They must be willing to research the readings, have good diction, pace, strong projection, good eye contact, and a fluid style.
A lector must attend a 1-½ hour training session. Ongoing Scripture formation is expected of the lector by periodic attendance at scripture workshops, studies, programs, etc. Attendance at occasional lector workshops is also expected.
Benefits for the Volunteer:
By immersing yourself in the Scripture, you will not only proclaim it more effectively to others, but also grow in your knowledge of the God. Many lectors speak of the occasions when he/she has been touched, healed, prodded, even embraced by the voice of God in Scripture. Proclamations will come alive for you, whether or not you are the assigned reader.