Lectors and Altar Servers - St. Michael Catholic Church

Lectors and Altar Servers

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Ministry of Lectors

Those who proclaim God’s word in the liturgy are known as Lectors.  It is an ancient teaching in the Church that Christ is truly present in His Word: the Word that is spoken, heard and acted upon.  Answering the call to become a Lector, enters one into a deeper relationship with God as he is revealed in Sacred Scripture.  To be Lector is a commitment of service.

The ministry of Lector is one of the most visible roles service at Liturgy.  It is through the Lector that the Word of God is proclaimed to the people through the Old and New Testament readings.  In the ministry of Lector, God’s Word is spoken to God’s people.  God’s Word that has power and has challenges as it comforts and builds up our community of faith.

A willingness to study the Scriptures and time to pray with the readings before each liturgical assignment are necessary commitments for a Lector.  Reading skills, the ability to develop proclamation techniques and a clear and steady voice are attributes of a Lector.

Guidelines for the ministry and practical training are provided.  Lectors receive a workbook with the readings for the current liturgical year as a resource in their preparation.  Lectors are scheduled based on their availability preference.

Those who take on the responsibility of Lector are presumed to be of good faith, eager to serve their fellow Christians, and willing to engage in the formation process to improve the effectiveness of their service.  

If you would be interested in serving as a lector, please contact Alexis Zamora 


Ministry of Altar Servers

Assistance at the altar by servers represents a long liturgical tradition. These servers enhance the quality of the celebration for the whole gathered assembly by taking part in processions and by ensuring that all items required for the celebration are available at the appropriate moments (Introduction to the Order of Mass, #22).

It is important that servers have an enthusiasm for public prayer. The server is not someone who performs a function of two and then settles back to observe the rest. Servers listen, sing and pray with the entire assembly.

What is the role of the Altar Server at Mass?

Altar Servers are designated to assist the priest and the deacon at Mass. Ordinarily; they are responsible for the cross, the candle. They hold the book for the priest at the chair, assist the priest during the preparation of the gifts, and they wash the hands of the priest. In general, they assist the priest and deacon when necessary. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal – GIMR #100)

Who may be an Altar Server?

Altar servers are baptized Catholics who are mature enough to understand and carry out their liturgical function. They should have received their first Holy Communion, although we do begin to allow training sooner,  and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.

What formation is required?

Formation is both technical and spiritual. Altar servers need to know the individual parts of the Mass and their specific meaning, the various objects used in the liturgy and their proper names, and the differing functions of the altar server during Mass and other liturgical celebrations. They need to understand their functions as a generous service to God and God’s people. Finally, they should be prepared to exercise their functions with reverence and proper decorum.

Where do I begin?

If you would be interested in serving in the Ministry of Altar Server, contact Father Ben.




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