“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ” Romans 10:17
It’s good to be reminded that the Ministry of the Lector is not voluntary public speaking and these skills are secondary to what is most important. First and foremost, this ministry is an invitation to a deep and honest reflection of our individual journey with Jesus Christ. Lectors are called to bring all that they are into the presence of God and to appreciate the effect of the Word of God on themselves and to those to whom they proclaim this living text.
Lectors convey, through their readings, a better understanding of the scriptures:
- This communication of the scriptures draws parishioners closer to God, and contributes to the celebration of the Mass
- This ministry rewards both lectors and parishioners through the effective delivery of the Word of God
- Between the text of the scriptures and the parishioners stands the lector, communicating the Word of Life to allow God to touch hearts and lives
- Effective proclamation is intrinsic to the celebration of the Mass. As a part of the Liturgy of the Word we are called to convey the transforming Word of Christ
God does not call the equipped but equips the called. Hebrews 13:21