The Fathers and Brothers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation warmly invite you to join us for the celebration of Holy Mass on Monday 3rd October 2016, at 7:00pm, Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley, during which Archbishop Coleridge will institute our Brother Shawn as a Lector. Mass will be celebrated in the Ordinary Form.
Minor Orders (in the older usages) and the Ministries (in the newer usages) are important steps along the road to priestly ordination. Canon Law requires anyone who is to be promoted to the diaconate to have received the ministries of lector and acolyte, and to have exercised them for an appropriate time (canon 1035, 1).
In Ministeria Quaedam, Pope Paul VI taught:
The reader [lector] is appointed for a function proper to him, that of reading the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, he is to proclaim the readings from sacred Scripture, except for the gospel in the Mass and other sacred celebrations; he is to recite the psalm between the readings when there is no psalmist; he is to present the intentions for the general intercessions in the absence of a deacon or cantor; he is to direct the singing and the participation by the faithful; he is to instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments. He may also, insofar as may be necessary, take care of preparing other faithful who are appointed on a temporary basis to read the Scriptures in liturgical celebrations. That he may more fittingly and perfectly fulfill these functions, he is to meditate assiduously on sacred Scripture.
Aware of the office he has undertaken, the reader is to make every effort and employ suitable means to acquire that increasingly warm and living love [SC, art 24] and knowledge of Scripture that will make him a more perfect disciple of the Lord.