Thirty-five Seminarians Instituted as Lectors

Posted on March 1, 2018

We pray for the men who have been instituted in the ministry of Lector, for their loved ones and for those who support their vocation. May the proclamation of the Word fill all of our lives with goodness and love.

We were blessed to have Bishop Timothy Doherty presiding at Mass and the Institution of Lectors. The Mass included prayers in Spanish, Polish, Tagalong and Ugandan, in addition to English.

Thirty-five seminarians from eighteen different dioceses were called by name for this special role in the Church. An explanation of this role is found in the rite itself, as prayed by the bishop:

Through his Son, who became man for us, God the Father has revealed the mystery of salvation and brought it to fulfillment. Jesus Christ made all things known to us and then entrusted his Church with the mission of preaching the Gospel to the whole world.

As readers and bearers of God’s word, you will assist in this mission, and so take on a special office within the Christian community; you will be given a responsibility in the service of the faith, which is rooted in the word of God. You will proclaim that word in the liturgical assembly, instruct children and adults in the faith and prepare them to receive the sacraments worthily. You will bring the message of salvation to those who have not yet received it. Thus with your help men and women will come to know God our Father and his Son Jesus Christ, whom he sent, and so be able to reach eternal life.

In proclaiming God’s word to others, accept it yourselves in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Meditate on it constantly, so that each day you will have a deeper love of the Scriptures, and in all you say and do show forth to the world our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Please join us in praying that these men grow in wisdom and love of the Scriptures through their new roles as lectors.