Proclaiming the Word of God as a Lector
"When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people, and Christ, present in His own word, is proclaiming the Gospel. The readings of God's word must therefore be listened to by all with reverence; they make up a principal element of the liturgy. In the biblical readings, God's word addresses all people of every era and is understandable to them, and a fuller understanding and efficacy are fostered by a living commentary on it, that is to say, by the homily, understood as an integral part of the liturgical action (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 29)."
Individuals who are interested in becoming a lector may speak with Fr. Charles or call the parish office.
Prayer of a Minister of The Word
Lord, invest me with Your power as I prepare to proclaim the marvel of Your message. I have prepared my reading,
I have tried to take within me the meaning of what
I am about to proclaim. Help me to proclaim,
not just with my lips, but with my whole heart
and soul. Lord, make me a hollow reed so that
Your voice will be heard by all who hear me.
Free me of excessive concern over my performance. Convert my feeling of nervousness and turn all my apprehension into an energy
for proclaiming Your word with power and authority.
May Your Spirit live in me
and fill the holy word that I proclaim.