“When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy.” – General Instruction of the Roman Missal
The role of the lay reader is to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture (apart from the Gospel, which is reserved to the priest or deacon) and, as circumstances require, to lead the assembly in other texts of the Mass. This role belongs properly to those who have been instituted in the ministry of Lector by a bishop, but in their absence, is fulfilled by other properly prepared and deputed readers. A strong voice, clear diction and willingness to read before the congregation are helpful assets.
If you are interested in serving as a reader please contact Nancy McDowell at (910) 763-6869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.