LecternThe Ministry of the Lector

Lectors are called upon to proclaim the Word of God to the assembly. As Catholics, we believe that God is speaking to God’s people through the Word proclaimed.

Lectors have a love of scripture and the ability to proclaim the living Word of God to the assembled community. Adults or teens who have been confirmed and have these gifts are eligible for this ministry. Training and on-going support are provided.

Our Lector Coordinator is Brian Barry. For more information, please call the Parish Office at (408) 294-8953.

(The Daily Lectionary Readings are available on the U.S. Bishops’ website.)

Proclaiming the Word

From a sermon by Saint Augustine

“John is the voice, but the Lord is the Word who was in the beginning. John is the voice that lasts for a time; from the beginning, Christ is the Word who lives for ever.

Take away the word, the meaning, and what is the voice? Where there is no understanding, there is only a meaningless sound. The voice without the word strikes the ear but does not build up the heart.

However, let us observe what happens when we first seek to build up our hearts. When I think about what I am going to say, the word or message is already in my heart. When I want to speak to you, I look for a way to share with your heart what is already in mine.

In my search for a way to let this message reach you, so that the word already in my heart may find place also in yours, I use my voice to speak to you. The sound of my voice brings the meaning of the word to you and then passes away. The word which the sound has brought to you is now in your heart, and yet it is still also in mine.

…Let us hold on to the word; we must not lose the word conceived inwardly in our hearts.”