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Coordinator: Peggy Connolly (336) 294-4696; Ext 219

What is the role of the Reader? (Purpose)
  • To proclaim the good news of the Lord to the assembly.
  • To enable the assembly to hear the word that is to shape their lives.
  • To share in the work of the Lord's Spirit who opens the hearts of the assembly to God's holy word.
  • To be a messenger of God's love for all people.
Who can participate in this ministry? (Basic Requirements)
  • A fully initiated Catholic, one who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist and is in good standing in the church.
  • Be active in the Catholic faith and registered member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Community.
What is the appropriate attire when serving in any liturgical ministry

Dress according to the dignity of the ministry:

  • It is preferable that men wear a dress shirt and tie (jacket optional)
  • It is preferable that women wear a dress or skirt of appropriate length or dress slacks, no crop or capri pants, halter tops or tops with spaghetti straps.
  • No one is allowed to wear shorts, even dress shorts, sweat suits, jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirts or tank tops.

Even if you are not scheduled for a particular Mass, please come appropriately dressed, stop in the check-in area, and offer to be a substitute if needed.

What is expected of me in performing this ministry? (Ministry Requirements)
  • Be a fully initiated Catholic: one, who is baptized, confirmed and receives Communion.
  • Be active in the Catholic faith, especially through participation in the sacraments.
  • Be willing to grow in knowledge and understanding of the scriptures.
  • Be faithful to scheduled assignments, getting your own substitute when unable to fulfill an assignment.
  • Be willing to attend workshops and periodic meetings.
  • Arrive twenty (20) minutes before the Liturgy is to begin.
  • Observe the "Reader Guidelines".

Remote Preparation

At Home
  • Prayerfully prepare throughout the week before. Read all three readings in the workbook. Note on the schedule which reading you are assigned to proclaim (read). Reflect on the Sunday readings even if you are not scheduled so that if you are needed as a substitute, you will be prepared.
  • Study and prepare both the first and second readings.
  • Practice the readings aloud; emphasizing pronunciation and proper pauses, pace and voice tone.
  • Check the schedule monthly on line at: www.stpaulcc.com, Schedules, Liturgical Ministry. The schedules are by week and team color.
  • A reminder that your team is scheduled the coming weekend is emailed to all team members, on Wednesday.

Day of the Liturgy

When should I arrive at church and what do I do upon arrival?
  • Check your name off on the ministry schedule on the bulletin board in the Check-in area.
  • Check the bulletin board for any notes to "Reader/Lectors" or "All Liturgical Ministers". If you have any questions ask the Liturgy Coordinator.
  • Go to the Sacristy to quietly review the reading(s) in the Lectionary that you will be proclaiming (reading) and the General Intercessions (when there is no deacon). If you have any question about pronunciations, please check with the Liturgy Coordinator.
  • At least five (5) minutes before Mass is to begin, one of the readers is to bring the Lectionary and the binder with the General Intercessions to the ambo. Place the Lectionary on the ambo, opening it to the first reading. Place the binder with the General Intercessions on the top shelf in the ambo.
  • When there is no deacon assisting, one reader will carry the Book of the Gospels in the entrance procession and the other will read the General Intercessions. Before Mass begins, decide between you who will do what. When there is a deacon assisting, he will carry the Book of the Gospels and will read the General Intercessions.
Who participates in the Entrance Procession and what do I do?
  • The reader carrying the Book of the Gospels will process in, in front of the presider and will carry the Gospel Book facing out and at shoulder level. The other reader will take his/her place in the assembly.
  • Proceed with the Book of the Gospels to the front, do not bow but move up the stairs to the left between the altar and ambo, facing the assembly place the Book of the Gospels face down on the center of the altar. Return to the lower level using the steps and hand rail beside the ambo, move to the center, reverence the altar (bow) and go to your seat.
What are the Instructions for the First Reader (Whether there are one or two readers)
  • When everyone is seated, the priest will sit, the first reader should move with reverence in a normal walking pace to the center on the floor level. Please do not stroll, strut or shuffle.
  • If the children are dismissed at your Mass for the Liturgy of the Word, the first reader should begin to move to the center on the floor level with reverence in a normal walking pace as soon as the children begin to leave, during the dismissal song. Please do not stroll, strut or shuffle.
  • Reverence the altar table (bow). Do not bow to anyone or anything.
  • Move to your left to the handrail beside the ambo and proceed up the stairs to the ambo.
  • Pause at the ambo allowing the assembly to quiet down and for the ushers to seat people
  • Use the pull out step if you need it for height.
  • Do not adjust the microphone; it is set to suit all.
  • Proclaim "a (short a) reading from ….." Do not add, delete or change this intro in any way.
  • Pause 2-3 seconds.
  • Proclaim (read) the scripture reading loudly (does not mean yell), slowly and clearly, with the appropriate emotion and eye contact. When finished with the reading, pause again 3-4 seconds and then say "The Word of the Lord". Do not add, delete or change the words of the closing in any way.
  • Push the pull out step back under the ambo if you used it.
  • Step back from the ambo and with your head bowed pause long enough to say one slow "Our Father" to yourself
  • Move back to the center at the floor level via the steps beside the ambo, reverence the altar table (bow) and move to your seat.
What are the Instructions for the Second Reader (Whether there are one or two readers)
  • As the cantor moves back to their podium, the second reader should move with reverence in a normal walking pace to the center on the floor level. Please do not stroll, strut or shuffle.
  • Reverence the altar table (bow). Do not bow to anyone or anything.
  • Move to your left to the handrail beside the ambo and proceed up the stairs to the ambo.
  • Pause briefly at the ambo; some people may be seated at this time.
  • Use the pull out step if you need it for height
  • Do not adjust the microphone; it is set to suit all
  • Proclaim "a (short a) reading from ….." Do not add, delete or change this intro in any way
  • Pause 2-3 seconds
  • Proclaim (read) the scripture reading loudly (does not mean yell), slowly and clearly, with the appropriate emotion and eye contact
  • When finished with the reading, pause again 3-4 seconds and then say "The Word of the Lord". Do not add, delete or change the words of the closing in any way.
  • Push the pull out step back under the ambo if you used it.
  • Close the lectionary; place it on the second shelf in the ambo.
  • Step back from the ambo and with your head bowed pause long enough to say the first line of the "Our Father" to yourself slowly
  • Move back to the center at the floor level via the steps beside the ambo, reverence the altar table (bow) and move to your seat.
General Intercessions (when there is no deacon assisting)
  • As the congregation says the line in the Creed, " I believe in the holy catholic church…." the reader, reading the General Intercessions proceeds to the ambo the same as they did to proclaim the Word.
  • At the ambo, place the opened binder with the General Intercessions on the ambo. Turn and face the presider as he introduces the General Intercessions, if he has not already done so while you were approaching the ambo
  • Read (pray) the General Intercessions, taking your time and enunciating. If you think you have mispronounced a name, do not repeat it….simply move on to the next name.
  • At the conclusion of the General Intercessions, close the binder and place it back on the shelf in the ambo, then turn and face the presider for the closing prayer.
  • Move to the center floor level via the side steps, reverence the altar table (bow) and return to your seat.
  • Your ministry is completed with the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word. Therefore, you do not process out at the end of the Mass
  • Throughout the Liturgy, be attentive to the actions taking place, and be ready to adjust to any needs that may arise.

AFTER MASS

One or both readers are asked to please return the Book of the Gospels, the Lectionary and the binder with the General Intercessions to the Sacristy.

Thank you and bless you for your ministry at St. Paul's