Notes/Reminders for ALL Liturgical Ministers
If for some reason you cannot serve at the Mass you are scheduled for, please arrange ahead of time for a substitute. If you are unable to find a replacement, please let the Sacristan for your assigned mass know you are unable to be there.
Please be aware of the dress code as you participate in this ministry - no jeans, shorts or clothing that would distract from the sacred Mass.
All Ministers are asked to sign the sign-in sheet in the Sacristy at least fifteen minutes before Mass, otherwise a substitute will be assigned.
Please be respectful of the time before Mass in the Sacristy; it is a time of prayerful preparation for the celebration of the Mass.
Thank you for your interest and participation in this Liturgical Ministries of the Eucharist, and for the time you give to our Parish Community.
LECTORS - Proclaimers of the WORD
Please prepare to proclaim the Word by practicing your assigned reading and practicing before your assigned Mass. Know the context of your reading. Check the Lectionary in the Sacristry to be familiar with the page your reading is on.
The Lectionary and binder with the Introduction and Prayers of the Faithful is to be put on the Ambo before Mass.
Reader 2 - PLEASE practice the Prayers of the Faithful before Mass, especially the names of the sick and deceased. This is very important to their families and friends.
The Sacristan or Reader 1 will read the Introduction while the Priest and ministers assemble at the entrance of the Church (the Vestibule). If Reader 1 reads the introduction, please step down from the Ambo during the Procession and genuflect with the others.
Order of procession:
- Altar servers,
- Lector 1 and Lector 2 (side by side)
- Deacon (carrying the Book of the Gospels)
- If there is no Deacon, Lector 1 would carry the book, and processes immediately in front of the Priest
Note: The Gospel Book is to be carried in by the Deacon (If no Deacon present, Reader 1 would carry in the Gospel Book)
All, but whoever is carrying in the Book of the Gospels STOPS at the second step.
Order: From left to right - Lector 2, Lector 1, Deacon (if Present), Priest, Altar Servers.
NOTE THIS CHANGE: Lector 1 processes directly up the altar and sets the Gospel Book in the stand on the Altar and rejoins the others at the second step, all reverence Our Lord and the altar. (Lector 2, please leave room for Lector 1 to rejoin in line with you)
Do not leave the front of the altar until after the priest (and deacon) have kissed the altar, then all leave together.
Liturgy of the Word:
Lector 1 moves to the sanctuary area as the priest is finishing the Opening Prayer. Approach from the center, genuflect at the second step.
Announce the Reading, with head up, facing the community. Proclaim slowly and clearly, directly into the microphone. Pause for a beat after announcing the reading, and two beats after the reading, before announcing "The Word of the Lord."
If the Psalm is to be cantored, Lector 1 please wait at the center of the second step for the Cantor, bow together, then return to your seat.
Lector 2 meets the Cantor (if present) at the center of the second step, bow together. Announce the Reading, with head up, facing the community. Proclaim slowly and clearly, directly into the microphone. Pause for a beat after announcing the reading, and two beats after the reading, before announcing "The Word of the Lord."
After the second reading, please close the Lectionary and place it on a shelf under the ambo before moving to the center of the second step to bow and return to your seat.
In preparation to read the Prayers of the Faithful, Lector 2 should start moving to the ambo during the Creed, during the line beginning "I believe in one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church..."
Lector 2 will end each prayer with "Let us pray to the Lord."
Approach the second step and stand in the same order as during the Procession, genuflect together, walk out with Altar Servers leading, Lector 1 and 2 together, Deacon and Priest following.
Thank you for your interest and participation in the Ministry of the Word and the time you give to our Parish Community.