“When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people. The readings of God's word must therefore be listened to by all with reverence; they make up a principal element of the liturgy." (GIRM 29)
The ministry of a Lector is a wonderful work, and an extremely rewarding ministry Lectors have a critical role in the celebration of the Mass. Since the Lector proclaims not just any word, but the Word of God, it is essential that he or she develops the skills required to communicate God’s message competently.
The call to be a Lector is something that demands preparation. In becoming a Lector, you are accepting the responsibility to do your best, to practice, to make frequent self-evaluations and to continually look for ways to improve your ability to communicate the Word of God clearly to the congregation. As a Lector you are entrusted with some of the most powerful stories that have been handed down to us from generation to generation in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament; stories that God continues to speak through those called into the various ministries of the Church. To be a lector is to be given an opportunity for your own personal growth in Jesus Lectors proclaim the Word of God. They act as the voice of Christ at the Eucharist Assembly and other prayer services.