St. Teresa Church

Lectors and Readers

The Lector serves the liturgical assembly by proclaiming Sacred Scripture during the Liturgy of the Word. The competent exercise of this role enables the Church to hear the Word of God more clearly and receive it more readily. They lead the Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful) in the absence of the deacon. Lectors are commissioned by the Pastor or his delegate.


  • Prepare for her/his role by rehearsing, praying over and coming to understand the Biblical text assigned her/him for a particular liturgical celebration
  • Be faithful to the schedule of assignments and helpful in assuring that all the parish community’s liturgical assemblies are adequately served with this ministry
  • Participate in rehearsals of liturgical procedures in the parish community and follows liturgical norms for this ministry as guided by the decision of the Pastor and the G.I.R.M
  • Participate in rehearsals as required
  • Be responsible to find replacement if unable to fulfill scheduled assignment, and notify the Ministry Coordinator of any changes
  • Participate fully in the Liturgy as an exemplary member of the assembly
  • Proclaim the Biblical text with clarity, conviction, dignity and understanding
  • Express reverence and decorum in carrying out this and other aspects of her/his role according to the general liturgical norms (procession, handling the Lectionary, etc.)