God is present in the assembly of worshippers, the presider, the readings, and the Eucharistic presence of Christ. The Liturgy of the Word is proclaimed by the Lectors in a way that enlivens the scriptures for the listener. This occurs as the lector first understands what is being read and then is able to convey through the spoken word to the assembly of people. The Liturgy of the word is spoken and is heard. The Lector must also be prepared--practice is essential and ideally begins early in the week preceding the scheduled time for being the Lector of the Mass. As one practices, it is helpful to also prepare to read the other readings in case a substitute is called. Be attentive to your non-verbals and which are beneficial for the experience and understanding. Consider you tone of voice, speed of reading aloud, gestures, and eye contact as well. Also helpful is reflect on the nature of the reading--is it a story, letter, metaphor, etc.?
Lectors generally arrive about 20-30 minutes before Mass begins and check the Lectionary for placement, check for the presence of the other reader(s). As the ambo is approached, the lector conveys a sense of authority, genuineness, and reverence for the Word of God.
Sound like a lot to remember? It will all come naturally with training and practice and your proclamation of the Word will bless the people. Please call Mark Guenat at 254-773-4541 for more information about how to become a Lector. He and the assembly of people at St. Mary's need you for this wonderful ministry. Please prayerfully consider being a Lector.