Lectors and cantors give life to the Word

“The Ministry of Lectors and Cantors, is an instrument of God for the community.” Fr Dr Clarence Devadass, pix inset, said this during a formation for Lectors and Cantors at the St Francis of Assisi Church (SFA).

Mar 21, 2020

By Jaclyn Sharmalee
“The Ministry of Lectors and Cantors, is an instrument of God for the community.” Fr Dr Clarence Devadass, pix inset,  said this during a formation for Lectors and Cantors at the  St Francis of Assisi Church (SFA).

The focus is always on the Eucharist which is the source and summit of our faith, and the importance of understanding and being present during the celebration of the Mass. It is a communal celebration and each of us has to play a significant part in it.

During the session, the lectors and cantors were reminded of their roles in the church especially on why they were there and how they are a part of a big jigsaw puzzle in the church. Fr Clarence reminded the participants that “God has a plan and when each piece fits properly, we have a beautiful picture. We need to find our place in this big picture of the Holy Eucharist.”

The participants were also reminded on  the role of the Word of God in the Eucharistic Celebration and how the Church feeds the people with His word – “God speaks to us through the scriptures and as we listen to God’s word, we grow in faith.” Fr Clarence stressed that “the Church venerates the Divine Scriptures just as she venerates the Body of the Lord.”

Fr Clarence further elaborated that lectors and cantors take the printed word and through its proclamation, turns it into something living which can change the lives of those who hear it; they must always be prepared to proclaim the Word of God effectively. This can only be accomplished by nurturing a relationship with God through a love for Sacred Scriptures.

An important point was raised — lectors and cantors cannot be replaced by machines as they give life to the Word. They proclaim ‘His Word’ as if God is speaking through them and they are given a special  opportunity to play a significant part in bringing that lifegiving Word to the assembly.

The formation was a reminder of the  influential role lectors and cantors have, likening them to the modern-day prophets. The world is definitely in need of more prophets today.

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Gerald Kochappangeraldkochappan59@gmail.com
Glad to help and serve as one of the prophets as mentioned during the formation for our Catholic church in the world today.