The Lector or Minister of the Word is one who proclaims the readings during mass. This ministry is rooted in a love for the word of God. The Lector is called to not only be familiar with the readings of the mass but to be familiar with scripture in general. To love the word and bring it to others at mass is the joy and call of one who enters into the ministry of Lector. When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God Himself is speaking to His people. The ministry of the word should be treated with great dignity. The Lector should have a clear audible voice and be confident speaking in public. Lectors should arrive prepared to proclaim the Word of God after prayer and meditation.