In the Body of Christ there exists a wonderful variety of ministries, which are especially evident when we gather around the altar to worship God. By virtue of our baptism in Christ some of us are called to serve as Lectors.

The Lector proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ during the Liturgy of the Word, making God present to the gathered worshiping community.

It is an ancient teaching in the Church that Christ is truly present in His Word: the Word that is spoken, heard and acted upon.  A willingness to study the Scriptures and time to pray with the readings before each liturgical assignment are necessary commitments for a Lector.  The degree and kind of relationship that a Lector establishes with the Word is the wellspring of their service.

The Rule of St. Benedict advises us: “anyone can read Scripture in public; only a believer can proclaim them”.

Through the Lectors proclamation, the Word of God is alive with power, achieving the sanctification of those to whom it is proclaimed and giving glory to God whose creative Word brought all good things into being.

The Word offers those who listen challenges, comfort and encourages us in our faith journey. We are disciples of Jesus, following him and learning from his teachings.  Within our liturgy, the gathered assembly depends on the Lector to make the Word come alive for them.


A Prayer for Lectors

Lord, invest me with Your Power as I prepare to proclaim the Marvel of Your Message. I have prepared my readings, I have tried to take within me the meaning of what I am about to read; help me, I ask, to read not just with my lips but with my whole heart and soul.
Lord, make me a hollow reed so that Your Voice will be heard by all who will hear me. Free me of excessive concern over my performance, over the impression I create in this Sacred Action. Convert my feelings of nervousness, turn all my apprehensions into an energy for proclaiming Your Word with power and authority.  May Your Spirit fill me as it fills the holy words that I am about to proclaim. AMEN.





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current lector schedule


Notes from 
Lector Training
Sept. 18, 2019


Lector Resources

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

-Hebrews 4:12



Who can be a lector?

There is no age specification for this ministry. Anyone who can read aloud well and is willing to devote their time for preparation and the celebration is welcome to participate.

Is there training available for new lectors?

Yes. Training is provided by the Ministry Coordinator.

How often would I be scheduled to serve?

Scheduling is worked out between the Ministry Coordinator and the Lector in a manner that is suitable for all persons involved.

Who do I contact for more information about serving as a Lector?

Please contact the parish office at (520) 432-5753.


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