The lector has a ministry of the word. He announces the word and accepts it personally and submits himself to it. The lector is in the service of the faith so that all may be able to live a truly Christian life, shaped by the word of God, and to reach eternal salvation.
Functions of the Lector
The Sacramentary (1970) mentions the following tasks of the reader during the Eucharistic celebration:
He participates in the entrance procession and if there is no deacon, he may carry the Lectionary.
As a liturgical minister, his place is in the sanctuary;
He reads the readings, except the gospel, from the lectern;
If there is no cantor, the reader may also recite or sing the responsorial psalm;
If there is no deacon, the reader may read the intercessions;
If there is no entrance song or communion song, and if the antiphon is not ready by the people, it is the task of the reader to read the antiphon at the proper time.
The Apostolic Letter "Ministeria Quaedam" (1972) lists some of the following duties additional to those mentioned in the Sacramentary:
The Lector shall direct the singing and the participation of the faithful;
He shall instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments;
He shall take care of the preparation of readers who exercise such a ministry by a temporary assignment.