Ministry of Lectors, Commentators

and Psalmists (MLCP)

Duties and Responsibilities of MLCP
  1. Preparation
    • Lectors must engage in the following preparations​ for their duties:
      • Study the readings. This can be accomplished by learning and understanding the following:​
        • The context of the Scriptural passage and the message that is intended by the author.​
        • The particular genre or literary type employed in the readings. 
        • The relationship of the readings with each other (including the Gospel).
        • The method of proclaiming the Scriptures in a way that communicates to the listeners.
        • In this task, books containing exegesis or textual analysis are necessary.
    • Rehearsal of ALL readings. This is to ensure that in cases of emergency where their companions may be absent from their duties.
    • Lectors should use the Lectionary (not the missalette) to practice the readings, for it is the official liturgical book for the Word of God. Other books, such as the Daily or Sunday Missal, may also be used, provided they use the same texts as those in the Lectionary.
  2. ​​During the Celebration
    • Lectors must arrive for their particular duties at least​ 30 minutes before the Mass to ensure the following:
      • That the Lectionary, Gospel Book and General Intercessions are ready and prepared.​
      • That the microphones are in good condition and set properly for the proclamation of God's Word/
      • Self preparation through personal or group prayers.
    • Lectors must dispose themselves for the effective proclamation of God's Word. This can be accomplished through the following:
      • Careful preparation​ of the readings assigned to them.
      • Maintaining occasional eye contact with the assembly to ensure effective communication.
      • Observing brief moments of silence in particular parts (before beginning the the readings, in between the first reading and responsorial psalm, after the second reading). This is to provide the community with some time to reflect and meditate on the readings which have been proclaimed.
      • Avoiding unnecessary movements, actions, or other elements which may distract the assembly from paying attention to the readings.
    • Under no circumstances should the readings be proclaimed anywhere else but the Ambo, and the missalettes used to proclaim the Word of God. In cases where members of the Music Ministry are allowed to chant the Responsorial Psalm, this must be done at the Ambo, and not the choir area.
  3. Additional Responsibilities
    • Lectors and Commentators are expected to know how to understand and use the following​ for the preparation of the liturgy:
      • The Ordo​
      • The Lectionary and Gospel Book
      • The Roman Missal
    • Other recommended readings
      • General Introduction to the Lectionary​
      • General Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar


                Lectors and Commentators are expected to care for and maintain the liturgical books, especially the Lectionary and Gospel Book. This is in view of the dignity and respect which are accorded these important treasures of the Church.

Reference: Handbook for Lay Liturgical Ministers p.23-25


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