"It is Christ himself who speaks when the Holy Scriptures are read in the Church… It is not enough that the biblical passages are read in the vernacular, if they are not also proclaimed with the care, preparation, devout attention and meditative silence that enable the Word of God to touch people’s minds and hearts."   (John Paul II,  Mane Nobicum Domine, 13)


During the Liturgical celebration, it is the Lector’s humbling privilege and responsibility to be the human voice of God’s Living Word.  The Word manifests God’s presence, and through the actions of the Holy Spirit, has an effect on the faithful community.  Proclamation of the Mass’ Scripture readings is more than simply reading.  The Lector’s proclamation engages the community of faith and prompts their response to God’s Word.  The proper exercise of this important  ministry requires Prayer, Preparation and Presentation.


We are called to pray and meditate on the Scripture Readings, and be open to what the Holy Spirit is saying.  A heartfelt, spirit filled response will be conveyed through the proclamation, and in turn the Spirit will affect the open-hearted faithful assembly and enable each person to hear the unique message that s/he needs to hear.  Their response will affect some change in the community’s members that conforms them to Christ.


We are called read all of the texts for that day’s Liturgy of the Word (the readings, the responsorial Psalm, the alleluia verse and the Gospel), and to understand the central  theme for all the readings, the Biblical context of the verses, the liturgical context or how the readings fit in the time of year, and the text’s literary style, mood or tone. 


We are called to take what we learned in prayer and preparation and with the Holy Spirit convey the meaning of the verse in its full context…or to PROCLAIM the reading; speaking slowly, clearly, and with good enunciation.  So that the faith community hears God's Word, the reader does not distract his fellow believers from the Holy Spirit's message. You are a servant of God's Word. Your manner, appearance and proclamation should draw attention to the Scripture readings, not detract from them.                            

When  proclaiming God's Word, Lectors praise and glorify God and engage in an act of loving service for His faithful.  The Lector provides the voice for the Holy Spirit to make known the Word of God. 


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