For centuries, only the priest and the deacon were permitted to read aloud from scripture at Mass. In the last century this privilege was extended to the laity. However, it is not only a privilege, it is a responsibilty to proclaim the Word of God at Mass. At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton we are blessed with eighteen lectors who proclaim the Word in English, but we need more! There are twelve to fifteen weekend Masses each month with two readings per Mass. That means eighteen lectors are filling twenty four to thirty slots every month.
You are at Mass anyway, so why not volunteer as a lector to enjoy the privilege and accept the responsibility of proclaiming the Word of God to your fellow parishioners? They will thank you for it and you will be playing an active role in the life of your parish.
Each month lectors sign up for the Mass or Masses at which they want to read and then a schedule for the month is issued. They have a Lector's Workbook which gives all the readings for the year with pronunciation guides and advice on vocal interpretation. There is a workshop once a year where lectors gather to review procedures, discuss concerns and hear the latest on liturgical matters.
For more information and training on English Lectors, call Jonniepat at 528-5052.