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Lectors proclaim the Word as a Living dialogue during the Liturgy of the Word, such as the Readings, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Prayer of the Faithful.  This allows the congregation to hear and respond to God present among us during Eucharistic Liturgies, Prayer Services, and Reconciliation Services.




Prayer to St. Bede the Venerable
Patron of Lectors

Careful Historian and Doctor of the Church, lover of God and of Truth, you are a natural model for all readers of God's inspired Word.  Move lectors to prepare for public reading by prayerfully pondering the Sacred Texts and invoking the Holy Spirit.  Help them to read in such a way that those who hear may attain learning and edification. Amen.


Prayer of Preparation
For A Lector or Reader of the Word

Lord, invest me with your power as I prepare to proclaim the Marvel of your Message.  As I prepare my readings may I take with me the meaning of what I am about to read; help me, I ask, to read not just with my lips but with my whole heart and soul.  Lord, make me a hollow reed so that Your Voice will be heard by all who will hear me.  Free me of excessive concern over my performance, over the impression I create in this Sacred Action.  Convert my feelings of nervousness, turn all my apprehensions into an energy for proclaiming Your Word with power and authority.  May Your Spirit fill me as it fills the holy words that I am about to proclaim.  AMEN.


Prayer of Thanksgiving
For A Lector or Reader of the Word

My Lord and Source of Divine Wisdom, Womb of the Word which I have been gifted to read to my brothers and sisters, help me as I now return to my daily duties, to live out in the fullest what I have proclaimed as Truth, what I have heralded as the Way and the Life.  I ask that my life may be an open gospel to all who observe my actions.  May my speech echo the Love of God, speak of the Lord's Generosity and Patience.  Lord, what I ask is that I might become Your Word to my family and to all whom I encounter.  May this request be granted in Your Divine and Compassionate Mercy, through Jesus Christ, my Brother and Lord.  AMEN.

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Saint Aloysius Roman Catholic Church * 691 West Side Ave * Jersey City * NJ * 07304