The Liturgical Ministries are the roles members of the community fulfill during the Liturgy, especially at the celebration of the Eucharist. The primary ministries are: lector, cantor, server, Eucharistic minister and usher/greeter.
The Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass (1998) and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2011) provide the Church’s liturgical theological foundations for the announcement of the Word of God in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and, at the same time, provide the directives for those assigned the role of proclaiming the Word of God.
These guidelines are garnered from these two documents for a consistent practice for deputed lectors (readers) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. While these guidelines specifically address the role of the lector in the celebration of Mass, they are equally applicable to the proclamation of the Word of God in all celebrations of the Liturgy of the Word.
INSTITUTED LECTORS are men, who have demonstrated a particular relationship with the Word of God and with a formal liturgical rite to institute them as lectors, are charged by the Bishop to proclaim the Word of God, except for the Gospel, in the liturgical assembly, assist with the formation of others deputed to do the same, direct the participation of the faithful in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, and teach the Word of God in preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments (Ministeria quaedam, 1972). Instituted lectors, typically, carry out their role at Mass when the Bishop celebrates and alongside (readers) deputed lectors.
READERS (DEPUTED LECTORS) are men and women selected by the pastor to read for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy because they are of sufficient age and competency to carry out this liturgical role in the service of the Word of God and those who will hear it. An assessment of competency requires that the reader is typically a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church without sacramental impediment, lives a Christian life in accord with the Word of God, and possesses the human maturity expected of those called to serve in the Christian community. A basic knowledge of the Bible, Lectionary for Mass, and the Liturgy of the Word, as well as, the necessary oral proclamation skills are additional essential requirements. A basic knowledge of Sacred Scripture includes: the plan of salvation, the organization of the books of the Bible, as well as, the variety of genres and literary forms of its books. Some of the oral proclamation skills include: eye contact, enunciation, diction, inflection, pacing, projection and pronunciation.
Cantors & Musicians are the leaders of song for the worshiping assembly. Cantors need to be familiar and comfortable with the songs they lead. Like Lectors, they must pray and meditate on the Responsorial Psalm because this too is the Word of God proclaimed from the lectern. Cantors do not replace the singing of the assembly, but rather empower and enhance it.
Altar Servers or acolytes assist the ministers of worship in carrying out their role of leading the community in prayer. They carry candles with the processional cross and with the Book of the Gospels. They hold the book of prayers for the presider while he leads the prayers. They assist in preparing the altar for the Eucharist, bringing cups, wine, water, etc. to the altar. Servers help the worship of the community to proceed smoothly and efficiently. Requirements: 1) Received the Sacrament of Penance and First Holy Eucharist 2) regular attendance at Mass 3) must attend training class – contact the parish office to register for the next session. Training classes are 2x annually. 4) view attached video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXIWMh7v3Kg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are assembly members appointed by the priest to help in the distribution of the Eucharist when there are not enough clerics present to give communion in a timely fashion. Because they present Christ himself, the Body and Blood of the Lord, to the communicants, they reflect the dignity of the moment by their decorum and solemnity. They look in the face of each one in order to convey the love that the Lord Jesus himself offers to each person. Requirements: by invitation only from the Pastor; must attend Diocese sponsored class; await formal appointment from Diocese via letter from Archbishop to Pastor; attend formal induction Mass before being scheduled to serve. Requirements EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Ushers or greeters are responsible for hospitality. This ministry includes: making sure the worship space is clean, comfortable and inviting; greeting parishioners as they enter and as they leave the church; collecting the offering and organizing the presentation of the gifts. Ushers are also responsible for dealing with emergencies or other disruptions of the celebration. At all times they show special respect for individuals and represent the very hospitality of Christ. Requirements: Must be a minimum of 16 yrs. old; attend Mass regularly.
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