In 1972, Paul VI reformed what had been called “minor orders” which included that of Lector, in his Motu Proporio Ministeria quaedam. The term “instituted reader” is used to distinguish someone who has been instituted in this way, from someone who is simply appointed to read at mass.

As Vatican II challenged all of us to reassess our baptism role, the role of Lector and reading sacred Scriptural passagesin church services once again became open to lay people. Reading is therefore one way in which we can publicly witness to our faith, in answer to our baptismal call.

If Lector reading is to be a ministry, a “witness to faith” for a person, then the reading has to be much more than just a good sight reading and articulation of words. As a Ministry and Lector, our reading is to be a true proclamation.