Lectors are members of the Assembly who proclaim the Word of God during the Liturgy. These readings generally come from both the Old and New Testaments. They also assist in creating a hospitable and prayerful environment by reading the Prayers of the Faithful. Training and preparation are necessary for those persons wishing to be Lectors. Proclaiming the Sacred Scripture is different from other kinds of public speaking. Not only do Lectors need to be effective communicators, but they need to absorb and express the spirit of the Liturgy as well. Annual training sessions are required in January. Speaking of readers at the Liturgy, Vatican II said, “They exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God’s people. Consequently, they must all be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner… Christ is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the Holy Scriptures are read in the church.” Lectors bring the power of the Word of God and love of scripture to others. “The Word of God does not dwell in the communal reading but in the communal hearing.” At the end of each reading we hear “The Word of the Lord.” At each Mass, lectors carefully prepare themselves to be the instrument in bringing the centuries old truths and enlightenment to life for those assembled proclaiming the Word of God. Lectors should enjoy public speaking, have a willingness to take the time to prepare to meet responsibilities, and must be practicing, Confirmed Catholics.