Lectors are assigned to read a Biblical text other than the Gospel. In early Christian times, the reader (lector) was of particular value, given the rarity of literacy.
The office of lector, was formerly classed as one of the four minor orders and in recent centuries was generally conferred only on those preparing for ordination to the priesthood. Today, this important ministry can be shared by all the faithful, who after proper training, want to take part in the ministry of the word.
If you are interested in becoming a lector, please call Ms. Janine Kramer, Director of the Religious Education Office at (718) 225-5191. Your ministry will be truly appreciated.