Friday, 24th February 2017

Ministry of Reader 2017

Posted on 11. Jan, 2017 in Carousel

Left to right: Fr Paul Finnerty (Vice Rector), Fr Hugh Clifford (Director of Formation), Fr Thomas Norris (Spiritual Director), Cardinal Kevin Farrell (Prefect, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life), Mr Colm Hagan (new Reader), Fr John Bauer (St John Vianney Seminary, Minnesota Director of Formation), Mons. CiarĂ¡n O’Carroll (Rector).

Mr Colm Hagan, a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Armagh, was conferred with the Ministry of Reader at a Mass in the College Chapel by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, on 11th January 2017.

The Ministry of Reader is a Church ministry in itself, but it is also one of the steps along the way in formation for the Priesthood.

Here is the description of the Ministry of Reader from the Apostolic Letter, ‘Ministeria quaedam’ of Blessed Pope Paul VI (August 15, 1972):

‘The reader is appointed for a function proper to him, that of reading the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, he is to read the lessons from sacred Scripture, except for the Gospel, in the Mass and other 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 of the faithful; he is to instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments. He may also, insofar as necessary, take care of preparing other faithful who by a temporary appointment are to read the Scriptures in liturgical celebrations. That he may more fittingly and perfectly fulfill these functions, let him meditate assiduously on sacred Scripture.
Let the reader be aware of the office he has undertaken and make every effort and employ suitable means to acquire that increasingly warm and living love and knowledge of Scripture that will make him a more perfect disciple of the Lord.’