When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God Himself is speaking to His people, and Christ, present in His own word, is proclaiming the gospel. The readings of God’s word must therefore be listened to by all with reverence; they make up a principal element of the liturgy. In the biblical readings, God’s word addresses all people of every era and is understandable to them, and a fuller understanding and efficacy are fostered by a living commentary on it, that is to say, by the homily, understood as an integral part of the liturgical action (GIRM 29).
At St. Mary’s, lectors proclaim the Word of God, announcing the message of God’s love, so as to enable those attending Mass to not only understand the Word, but to also live it and share it with others. Lectors receive training in proclaiming the Word and are encouraged to attend workshops on the spirituality of the lector.
If you interested in becoming a Lector, please contact Ann DeLaurentis.
January 2014 Liturgical Schedule (4 pages – scroll down)