MINISTRY LEAD: Candas Konop, 715-577-9597
MISSION: From General Introduction to the Lectionary (Second Edition) "It is necessary that those who exercise the ministry of reader, even if they have not received institution, be truly suited and carefully prepared, so that the faithful may develop a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture from listening to the sacred readings."93 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.
INFORMATION FOR THIS MINISTRY: As the Lector or Reader, you should have a strong voice and be comfortable reading in front of people. The Lector reads the first and second readings, as well as the Responsorial Psalm and Alleluia if no choir or cantor present. Prior to the start of Mass, after the bells have been rung, read any announcements as indicated at the ambo. If you are able, you will process in with the Gospel book. The Lector also announces the Prayers of the Faithful as well as the songs to be sung. Training will be provided for new Lectors.
· Readers can begin in 10th grade
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If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Fr. Justin and Candas Konop. Thanks in advance for your generous support to this ministry.