Lectors, also known as Readers, have an important role in the celebration of the Mass. The Scriptural Readings of each Mass are meant to come alive, allowing God to speak to his people. By accepting this call, Lectors accept the responsibility to prepare well, and to continually seek ways of improving their ability to proclaim God’s Word.
One or more Lectors may serve, as assigned, at any given Mass. Lectors may precede the Mass with appropriate announcements. In the Mass, a Lector will proclaim the First Reading, usually from the Old Testament. A second Lector, when appropriate, may proclaim the Second Reading, usually from the New Testament. In the absence of a Choir or a Cantor, a Lector may proclaim the Responsorial Psalm. In the absence of a Deacon, a Lector may also lead the Prayers of the Faithful.
Practicing Catholics in good standing, who otherwise meet the requirements, are eligible to serve as Lectors. Lectors are expected to have public speaking and reading skills sufficient to proclaim the Word of God to the congregation. They are expected to, by example, demonstrate a reverence and devotion to the Faith and the Scriptures through their actions, their dress, and their overall appearance as they go about their duties.
Parishioners and university students are invited to become Lectors. If interested, please talk to Lay Assistant Ed Herring in the Gathering Space after Mass for more information. You can also contact Lay Assistant Ed Herring at any time EMAIL (click) or by calling or texting 828-266-8553. Appointments in the Parish Office are available on weekdays.
Lector Assignments are posted on the Website Events Calendar as the monthly schedule is completed. You can see who is assigned to each date, time, and slot on the calendar. Printed calendar assignments are also placed in the Gathering Space hallway and posted on the Gathering Space closet bulletin board.