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A lector is any lay minister who reads from the Lectionary at Mass. In some locations a lector is called a reader. As a lector, you will be entrusted with the word of God - a tool sharper than any two-edged sword. As any skilled craftsman does, you will want to know your tools in order to execute well your art. 

The lector's role takes place during the Liturgy of the Word. The main parts of this first half of the Mass are the readings from sacred scripture and the music occurring between them. Periods of silence, the homily, the Creed, and the Prayer of the Faithful fill out the liturgy of the Word. 


The lector is the mouthpiece through to which God Speaks to the Church. Lectors are effective when they open their ears to hear God's word and open their hearts to love God's people . 


Lectors take care of their spirit. Just as athletes care for their bodies, so lectors  spend time with the Spirit. Being a lector is not just having a ministry, it is being a certain kind of person. 

Nurturing your spirit gives God more ways to use you. You will be God's servant in ways beyond imagining. 

Lectors will be trained:

Their preparation must above all be spiritual, but what may be called a technical preparation is also needed. The spiritual preparation presupposes at least a biblical and liturgical formation. The purpose of their biblical formation is to give readers the ability to understand the readings in context and to perceive by the light of faith the central point of the revealed message. The liturgical formation ought to equip the readers to have some grasp of the meaning and structure of the Liturgy of the Word and of the significance of its connection with the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The technical preparation should make the readers more skilled in the art of reading publicly, either with the power of their own voice or with the help of sound equipment

For more information on how to become a lector, Please call the office during business hours: (509) 882-1657

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