Through Baptism, we are all called to be a “holy people and royal priesthood”, whose right and privilege it is to participate in Christ's own ministry.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
How we do so differs from one person to the next, but the most important way is “conscious, active, and fruitful participation in the mystery of the Eucharist” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), Intro. 5).
Since the Eucharist is the “action of the whole Church” (GIRM, Intro. 5), all of us have an “individual right and duty to contribute”. Some are called to do so in a more particular way through liturgical ministries, such as that of Lector, sometimes referred to as the Reader.
A reader's ministerial function is to proclaim God's word to His people during the Liturgy of the Word to help them come to a deeper love of God and a fuller Christian life.
The Lector reads the lesson from Sacred Scripture, except the Gospel, in the Mass and in other sacred celebrations; recites the psalms between the readings in absence of the psalmist; and presents the intentions for general intercessions when the deacon or cantor is absent.
Your willingness to serve as a Lector, reflects not only response to your Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but a commitment to Christ as you share in the preaching, teaching and leading aspects of the church.
One Lector is needed at each Mass to read both readings. Lectors are scheduled on a rotating basis. If you are interested in becoming a lector please call the parish office at 314-352-8100. Some training and formation will be provided.