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Lay Readers at Funerals and Weddings: Feedback Sought

A fter the Second Vatican Council, permission was given for lay men and women to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture (except the Gospel) at liturgical celebrations. 1 Lay readers are found in nearly all parishes. While some perform this task better than others, all should have received careful training. 2 No conscientious pastor would knowingly depute a reader who attends Sunday Mass only when he or she is scheduled to read, or who notoriously flouts the Christian faith, or who is obviously incapable of suitably proclaiming the word of God.
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