Lectors

Lectors proclaim the readings other than the Gospel during the Liturgy of the Word.

If you would like to be a Lector, please, fill in you name and contact information below:

Preparation

I. During the Week

During the week before the lector is to proclaim the Word, the lector should prepare the readings. The lector should read over the readings and get a clear sense of the message of the readings. The lector should determine the genre or type of literature of each reading and prepare to proclaim each reading taking into account its genre. The lector should practice the readings out loud spending extra time practicing difficult words and phrases. The lector should use the readings being prepared for prayer that week. The lector should pray that God help the lector proclaim the Word well (prayer should not take the place of proper preparation, however).
II. Dress

The ruling principal for dress is modesty. Lectors should not be dressed to draw attention to themselves. Rather, they should be dressed to reflect the reverence and respect required for this ministry. Dress should not physically hamper the conducting of the duties of the lector.

Preferably, men should be dressed in a jacket and tie (shirt and tie during the summer months). At minimum, a collared shirt and slacks are expected.

Women may wear slacks, skirts, or dress outfits. They should be knee length. They should cover backs and shoulders.

Please, no jeans or sneakers.

Before Liturgy

  1. The Lector plans to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for liturgy.
  2. On arrival, the lector should take a few minutes to pray. The lector should take a few moments to mentally review what one’s duties are. The lector should reflect on the importance and significance of the ministry. The lector should ask God to help one serve God and one’s brothers and sisters well.
  3. The Lector plans to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for liturgy.
  4. Next, the lector should proceed to the ambo. The lector ensures that the ribbon is set correctly in the Lectionary, and that the microphone is in the right place. When moving the microphone, please, use two hands so that wires are less likely to be pulled out of place causing damage to the microphone. The microphone should be directly in front of the lector 6-12 inches from the mouth. Do not move the homily or intercessions.
  5. Then, the lector proceeds to the vestry. The lector should sign-in on the appropriate line of the sign in sheet. If there is no deacon, Lector 1 gets the Book of the Gospels, and prepares to join the procession. If there is no deacon, after signing-in, Lector 2 should make sure that Lector 1 is present before finding a seat in the church.

    ​If there is a deacon, after signing-in, Lector 1 finds a seat in the church.

    ​If one of the lectors does not show up, the other lector does both readings.

Procession (when there is no deacon)

  1. The Lector 1 follows the altar servers in procession.
  2. The lector allows the altar servers to get 6 feet up the center aisle before beginning down the aisle. The lector maintains this distance as the procession moves forward.
  3. The lector holds the Book of the Gospels up and out from the body.
  4. When the lector reaches the sanctuary, the lector goes around to the back of the altar. The lector places the Book of the Gospel down flat in the center of the altar.
  5. The lector bows to the altar, then sits down in the congregation.

Proclamation (one lector)

  1. After the Opening Prayer, the lector proceeds to the ambo.
  2. In a loud, slow voice, the lector proclaims the first reading. The lector begins, “A reading from the book of …”
  3. After completing the first reading, the lector waits by the credence table.
  4. When the psalm response is complete, the lector returns to the ambo and begins the second reading. The lector begins, “A reading from the…”
  5. At the end of the second reading, the lector places the lectionary on the shelf in the ambo and returns to the congregation.

Proclamation (two lectors)

  1. After the Opening Prayer, Lector 1 proceeds to the ambo.
  2. In a loud, slow voice, Lector 1 proclaims the first reading. Lector 1 begins, “A reading from the book of …”
  3. After completing the first reading, Lector 1 returns to the congregation.
  4. When the psalm response is complete, Lector 2 goes to the ambo and begins the second reading. Lector 2 begins, “A reading from the…”
  5. At the end of the second reading, Lector 2 places the lectionary on the shelf in the ambo and returns to the congregation.

General Intercessions (when no there is no deacon)

  1. After the homily, the congregation stands for the Creed. When the congregation says, “I Believe in the Holy Spirit,” Lector 1 moves to the ambo.
  2. When the Creed is complete, the priest will introduce the general intercessions. The lector then reads the intercessions. The priest ends the intercessions with a prayer.

  3. After the general intercessions, the lector returns to the congregation.

After the Liturgy

Lector 1 returns the Book of the Gospels to the vestry.
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