A THEOLOGY OF LAY LITURGICAL MINISTRY
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Pt. 2:9).
All liturgical ministers are, first and foremost, members of the Body of Christ. Through their baptism they are the "holy people and royal priesthood,” whose right and privilege it is to participate in the ministry of Christ.
How the lay faithful exercise this ministry in the world varies, but the fullest and most fundamental expression of it has always been "conscious, active and fruitful participation in the mystery of the Eucharist."
Since the celebration of the Eucharist is the "action of the whole Church,” everyone in the assembly has "an individual right and duty to contribute their participation."
Some of the faithful are called to serve God's people in a more particular way through one of the many liturgical ministries that have flourished in the Church since the Second Vatican Council. This diversity of roles, functions and ministries enriches our celebrations and assists us in our prayer.
Serving in one of these ministries is both an honor and a responsibility, and those who commit to it need nurturing and support. This handbook has been prepared to help you grow in a deeper understanding and love for the liturgy, your ministry and ultimately the Lord whom we all serve.
Scripture is the living Word of God. This Word took flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.
As lector it is your duty to approach this ministry through a loving knowledge of Scripture; through prayer for enlightenment; and through understanding of God’s graces so that you may proclaim His Word with clarity and conviction as to stir the hearts of the assembly.
Before Mass & Entrance Procession
• Come to the Working Sacristy to retrieve the Lectionary and Binder that has the Universal Prayer in it.
• Place Lectionary and the Binder at the Ambo before the procession.
• The final bell toll (2 minute warning) - is the signal that Mass is about to begin.
• All ministers must be lined up in the center aisle of the gathering space in the following order, FACING ALTAR:
SERVER CROSS SERVER
During Mass & Closing Procession
• The Lectionary and the binder with the Universal Prayer should be at the Ambo before the Entrance Procession.
• The lector, carrying the Book of Gospels, moves to the left up the stairs, places the Book on the altar, bows and takes a seat in front of the Ambo.
• The lector moves to the Ambo immediately after the Opening Prayer (or dismissal of children), proclaims the first reading and returns to their seat.
• The lector moves to the Ambo following the Responsorial Psalm, proclaims the second reading and returns to their seat.
• The lector approaches the Ambo during the final sentence of the Creed, to be ready to recite the Prayer of the Faithful.
• Lectors leave in the recessional in the same order as in the processional.
• Lectors enter the middle aisle when the presider is standing before the altar.