The lector or reader proclaims God's word to the assembled community. Participation in this ministry requires attendance at a workshop for lectors which is given here in the parish.
Once the new lector has completed this training, they are assigned to the Mass schedule. No new lector is left alone for their first Mass. An established lector will go over with them the proper procedures to follow during the upcoming liturgy. The established lector will also sit near them during the liturgy.
When undertaking this ministry "you take upon yourself the awesome duty and privilege of bringing the printed word to life, making it flesh. Your proclamation enables God's word to achieve the purpose for which it was sent".
A. R. Rosser, Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers, United States Edition, (Liturgy Training Publications, 2003)