LECTORS ARE RESPONSIBLE for reading so the last person in the back of the church can hear and understand what is being read—whether or not there is a functioning public address system.This means projecting the voice with energy, reading slowly, and articulating clearly. Here are some additional important responsibilities:
1. Find and practice reading the text assigned. Unless otherwise indicated, we use the Revised Common Lectionary version at Mass. The text appointed for the day can be found by clicking on the citation. The link will take you to the text on the Lectionary Page of the Episcopal Church.
2. Rehearse. Arrange with the head lector to rehearse the reading in the church before the date assigned. Experienced lectors may not need to rehearse, but rehearsals are strongly recommended for those who have not served as lector in the past.
3. Errors happen. Upon arrival, be sure to check the Sunday bulletin to make sure that the day's lesson is the same
as the one you rehearsed. If there is a discrepancy, check with the Master of Ceremonies.
4. Arrange a substitute if you are unable to serve on the date assigned. You should arrange a substitute, and your substitute should notify the head lector of the substitution with as much advance notice as possible.
5. Last-minute problems. If you have a last minute problem and must miss Mass on the day you are scheduled to read, please call the undercroft phone and ask whomever answers to tell day's Master of Ceremonies or the head lector that you can't make it. We will arrange a last-minute substitute.