Someone who reads the Sacred Books publicly. Responsible for proclaming God's Word at Mass.

• English Coordinator: Andy Marino, 703-494-1909, ola-lectors@comcast.net

Our Readers are scheduled at weekend Masses and for Holy Day of Obligation Vigil and evening Masses. Current readers may access the scheduling software through this link.

The Lector at Mass

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. Although in the readings from Sacred Scripture the Word of God is addressed to all people of whatever era and is understandable to them, a fuller understanding and a greater efficaciousness of the word is nevertheless fostered by a living commentary on the word, that is, by the Homily, as part of the liturgical action.