Leader: Fr. Dominic Vinh Ha
Welcome to the Website of the English Lectors of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. We appreciate you visiting us.
What is a lector?
A lector (also called a reader) is one who proclaims the Word of God during Mass, specifically during that part called the Liturgy of the Word. A lector may read a passage from either the Old Testament or from the New Testament. Sometimes, if necessary, also the Responsorial Psalm.
When does a lector read?
Here at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, a lector may read:
- On any of the weekend masses: Saturday: 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 8:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.
- On any of the weekday Masses: 8:00 a.m. or 5:15p.m.
The lector has the freedom to choose the schedule he prefers to read in.
To be a lector means to serve the faith community. Hence, it is considered a privileged ministry, and one that demands responsibility and faithful commitment. What an honor to proclaim to an assembly of believers the Word of God, words written by holy men as inspired by the Holy Spirit! What great privilege to be God's instrument in reading from the Scriptures words that nourish, admonish, instruct, and inspire, words that, when lived out, bring one closer to God.
The lectors of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (currently 21 of them) take their ministry seriously. They understand the great responsibility attached to this privilege. For this reason they prepare for their reading with much care. Their preparation consists of two stages:
- Spiritual Preparation which starts with prayer to the Holy Spirit and then reading, studying and praying the text, until it becomes part of their daily lives;
- Speaking Preparation that involves the discipline of oral interpretation Thus, the lector takes time to practice orally, seeing to it that his voice, body, and facial expression all contribute to communicate effectively the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic entirety of the text. To help the lectors in their preparations, they are each provided a Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word. This Workbook, among other things, gives commentaries about the readings as well as suggestions on how to read effectively. They also watch the DVD entitled Lector and Gospel Reader's Workshop prepared by Audrey Sommers for the Liturgy Training Publications of Chicago.
The lector knows that his commitment to his ministry does not begin when he stands in front of the congregation to read. Neither does it end when he says, "The Word of the Lord". The lector's ministry is part of his life. He carries it wherever he goes, for the way he lives is also a proclamation of the Word of God.
Anyone interested in joining this ministry must:
- Have a love for the Word of God, Jesus Christ,
- Have an eagerness to serve his fellow Christians,
- Be a committed and practicing Catholic who is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, and
- Be willing to engage in formation for effective service.
He/She must also find time to attend the Lectors' Meeting which is held every third Sunday of the month at 9:00 a.m. In these meetings, spiritual nourishment and development of the lectors is aimed at by discussing the readings for that Sunday, sharing one's faith experiences, and of course, prayers. Attendance at meetings is a sign of support for the ministry as well as for their fellow lectors.
If you are interested in furthering your knowledge about the ministry of lectors, you may refer to the following resources which were used in the preparation of this write-up:
- The Ministry of Lectors (Second Edition) by James Wallace, C.Ss.R, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota
- Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, annual.
- Lector and Gospel Reader's Workshop (A Resource for Bringing God's Word to Life). DVD. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications
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