The Ministry of Lector has a special place in the Liturgy. An excellent lector knows that when they proclaim God’s Word they are simply vessels – the medium through which God speaks to his people. While some lectors may experience normal nervousness at reading in public in this way, they learn that it is not about them and are then able to move past that nervousness.
Lectors for Sunday Masses are scheduled regularly. They are expected to prepare extensively in order to proclaim well. Our lectors and deacons and presiders have an important responsibility to be well prepared.
To be a lector you must go to a training session and be prepared for ongoing formation. A lector is part public speaker, part biblical scholar, and totally a person of genuine faith.