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When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy.
Lector Mission Statement:
To proclaim the Word of God at parish Masses with conviction, power and grace.
Before the day of Mass: reflect on the readings and practice them.
Arrival at Church:
— Arrive 15 minutes early, in appropriate dress, and sign in.
— Find and mark the readings of the day (In Lectionary and Book of Gospels).
— Place the Lectionary at the Ambo and the gold book holder on the altar.
— Review the welcome paragraph, prayers of the faithful, and announcements.
— Make sure sound system is on.
— Give the greeting (beginning with, “Hello, my name is ____________.”)
— Proclaim the readings (observing appropriate pauses).
— Do prayers of faithful (any additions of names or intentions should be cleared with the priest first).
— Return liturgical books to the Sacristy, and book of petitions to the vestibule.