The Lector Ministry calls for volunteers to grow in a warm and loving knowledge of Scripture, which is the living Word of God. Lectors proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel, at Mass and other liturgical services. The Lector may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings. They are expected to prepare for the role by rehearsing, praying over and coming to understand the biblical text assigned them for a particular liturgical celebration. They are encouraged to proclaim the biblical text with clarity, conviction, dignity and understanding.
Commentators warmly welcome the congregation to the service and read the announcements and the Opening Song.