The Lector proclaims from the ambo the readings that precede the Gospel. In the absence of the Cantor, he or she may also proclaim the Responsorial Psalm after the First Reading. In the absence of the Deacon, the Lector, after the introduction by the Priest, may announce the intentions of the Universal Prayer from the ambo. Also, in the absence of the Deacon, the Lector may carry the Book of the Gospels in the procession to the altar. (from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal)

Scheduled Meetings/Time Commitment

Scheduled by the Church office except for special times such as Christmas, Easter etc. Usually preparation time is an hour or less unless there is a particularly difficult reading. Scheduled meetings are called by the Deacon. Lectors also participate in the Stations of the Cross during Lent.


To be an effective lector, one must adequately prepare for the readings and that includes study, prayer and practice. The Lectionary for Mass: Introduction says  “A speaking style on the part of the readers that is audible, clear, and intelligent is the first means of transmitting the word of God properly to the assembly.”

Point of Contact

Contact the Church office at 904-388-8698 to find out how you can sign up to become a lector.