What is a Lector (Lay Reader)?
Since ancient times, communities have chosen persons for the task of reading Scriptures at worship. Being a lector, or reader, is more than just fulfilling a task. At its best, reading is a calling, a vocation, and a spiritual discipline. Reading is a commitment to effective sharing of Scripture during our community worship time. It is a commitment to preparing oneself so that one’s reading becomes a vehicle for God’s Word.
Who can be a Lector?
One need not be a Shakespearean actor or a public speaker in order to be a reader, but one must have the gifts to read clearly and persuasively. Readers must have the self-discipline to prepare the reading and a willingness to fully understand the passage. Many teens and children are gifted readers and, if their gifts are nurtured, some of them will become effective lifetime readers or feel called to other leadership.
The Lectors assist the priest during the service by reading the lessons and leading the Psalms and Prayers.
15-30 minutes of practice before each assigned service. Service assignments will depend on service selected.
For more information please contact Carol Armstrong at (772) 631-7962.
Lay Readings: Click below to open a pdf of the reading.