Bringing to us the Scriptures of the Prophets - the Word of the Lord...
The Ministry of Lectors is responsible for recruitment and training of suitable members of the congregation to carry out readings at various events within the Parish, and primarily, at Mass. Exciting isn't it that God has allowed us to proclaim his Holy Word - not just any word but the inspired Word of God. As St. Paul says to the Thessalonians (1 Thes 2: 13) ' in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word, but, as it truly is, the Word of God'.
In 1972 Pope Paul VI restored the role of lector to the official status of a ministry. The words of the Holy Father are worth pondering: ' Let the reader be aware of the office he has undertaken and make every effort and employ suitable means to acquire that increasingly warm and living love and knowledge of Scripture that will make him a more perfect disciple of the Lord.'
The Ministry of Lectors calls for a person to enter a relationship with the Word that is creative, powerful, and effective. Undoubtedly God's word has its own power and can do what God has sent it to do. But God chose to work through human instruments, so this call is not something to be taken for granted.