Church of Saint John Lector Mass Procedures October 2012
asked to check in at the Sacristy at least 10 minutes before the
beginning of Mass. …Inquire whether Deacon will be celebrating and
Carrying in the Gospel Book and Reading the General Intercessions.
Not…lector should review the General Intercessions and Readings in the
lectionary and then place the lectionary out at the Ambo…see that the
General Intercession are in place, adjust the microphone and return to
the Sacristy and get the Book of the Gospels.
ministers are ready for Mass….Presider will lead them in a short prayer
and all go the entrance of the Church.
Ministers and Presider are ready…Presider signals Cantor to begin…with
Welcome and invites congregation to join in Opening Hymn.
Processional: The Processional should be a free flowing movement from
the Entrance of the Church to the Place where each of the Ministers will
be seated….. Flowing from the Entrance to the Altar with an appropriate
reverence before entering the Sanctuary…When carrying the book of the
Gospels, the Lector should pause, bow their head, and then proceed
of the Processional: The Cross bearer, two acolytes with processional
candles, Lector, Deacon Presider. The Lector carries in the
Book of the Gospels, unless there is a deacon…then Lector may walk in
procession behind the Servers)
down front….Servers reverence and go place cross and candles and go to
their chairs…Lector reverences…places Book of the Gospels on center
of the Altar and goes to their place. PRESIDER reverences
(genuflection at steps, goes and reverences altar, and then goes to
Opening Prayer and all have been seated…
comes forward to the Ambo for 1st reading. (If seated in the
Sanctuary, a simple bow of the head in reverence of the Altar would be
appropriate, before stepping over to the ambo. (If seated in the
congregation, the lector goes to foot of altar, reverences with a bow,
and then up to the Ambo and proclaims the reading. The Lector will step
back if the Cantor is singing the psalm or else proceeds to proclaim the
Responsorial Psalm and then the Second Reading. After the Second
Reading, the Lector places the lectionary on the self of the Ambo and
then returns to their chair or pew. If returning to the pew, the Lector
should go down to the foot of the altar, bow and then to their pew. The
Lector should never leave by way of the Sacristy….
Homily, the presider returns to his Chair and leads in the Creed and
introduces the General Intercessions….The lector comes forward from pew
or from chair, with the appropriate reverence….retrieves the Prayers of
the Faithful and goes to Ambo, ready to read the General Intercessions…
(If a Deacon is present….the Deacon will read the Intercessions and not
the Lector.) Once the presider has concluded the General Intercessions
with a prayer…the Lector returns the Book of Intercession to the stand
and returns to their place.
There is no
need to the Lector to process out at the end of Mass.
We ask that
all Lectors prepare for Proclaiming God’s Holy Word by reading through
the readings before arriving at Mass. A Lectors workbook is provided
for each lector to help them, with pronunciations and the proclamation
of the Word.
responsible for getting their own substitute if they are not able to
cover the scheduled mass.
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