Catholic Dictionary




The ministry to which a person is specially appointed by the Church, of reading the Word of God in liturgical assemblies. He is to read the lessons form Scripture, except for the Gospel, in the Mass and other sacred functions. He is to recite the psalms between the readings when there is no psalmist. He is to present the intentions for the general intercessions in the absence of a deacon or cantor. He is to direct the singing and the participation by the faithful. He is to instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments. He may also, insofar as necessary, take care of the faithful who by temporary appointment are to read the Scriptures in liturgical celebrations. The ministry of reader is reserved to men. Women may perform the function of readers to the degree they are delegated to do so.

See Also: LECTOR