“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them. Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do; The Lord God opened my ear; the Lord God is my help.” – Isaiah 50:4-10
Serving as a Lector to proclaim the Word of God is an opportunity to take an active role in the liturgy. God’s word is “living and effective…and it goes forth from God’s mouth…achieving the end for which he sent it.”
St. James Lectors are assigned to proclaim the first and second readings at all Sunday Masses as well as Holy Days, Ash Wednesday, the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) and holidays.
To become a lector, completion of training at a Vicariate session is required; this training is offered at various times during the year. The lector then meets with the St. James coordinator regarding the expectations and procedures at St. James. Workbooks with the readings and pertinent background and tips are also provided. A lector reads once a month, on average.