“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue that I may speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.” - Isaiah 50:4
A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading during Liturgy of the Word at Mass and may also lead the Prayers of the Faithful when no deacon is assisting. The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God's presence in that Word.
Effective lectors require a degree of competence in public speaking, as well as training, practice, and on-going formation. Above all, they must be “doers of the word, not hearers only” (Jas. 1:22) with a mature and lively faith that is evident from the way they live. The ministry is not for everyone and determining who would make an effective lector calls for careful discernment. But blessed are they who accept the challenges of this ministry, whose well-trained tongues still speak to the weary on God’s behalf.
The ministry is open to Confirmed Catholics who are serious about the practice of their faith and who are willing to complete a parish Lector formation process. Please contact Debbie Clegg to determine when the next lector training session will be held.
If you would like to become a lector or have further questions about this ministry, please contact Debbie Clegg (614-829-6905).
Our handbook gives more detailed information about the role of lector at Seton.
You can learn more about the role, importance, and procedures for distributing Holy Communion on the Columbus Diocese page.