A Minister of the Word proclaims the first or second reading from Sacred Scripture and Prayers of the Faithful at Mass.
The Minister of the Word (Lector) at Mass has an important function in relation to the gathered faithful. The lector’s proclamation should communicate to each person in the assembly that the message is important to them for their conversion and faith journey.
As Catholics we believe that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. The Word teaches, inspires, reprimands and warns. It is a gift that leads us to sacramental encounter with the living Lord, a gift that shapes our lives as Christian. Proclaiming God’s word is a very special kind of reading.