Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and Intercessors
Who are Lay Readers?
A lay person trained in reading scripture who is appointed by the clergy person in charge of the congregation to read lessons or lead the prayers of the people. The term is from the Latin, "to read." There is no license required for this lay ministry. A lector may also be known as a reader. At Saint Paul's, lectors read the first lesson during worship service, typically the Old Testament lesson.
Who are Lay Eucharistic Ministers or LEMs?
Lay person licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the eucharist. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. At Saint Paul's LEMs typically read the second lesson (New Testament) during the worship service.
One who prays on behalf of another or others. An intercessor is one who prays an intercessory prayer. The term may indicate one who leads the prayers of the people, which are prayers of intercession (Book of Common Prayer, pp. 383-395). Jesus is known as the heavenly intercessor who prays for us. The hymn "Alleluia! sing to Jesus!" includes the phrase, "Intercessor, friend of sinners, earth's Redeemer, plead for me" (Hymns 460-461). At Saint Paul's the Intercessor stands in the Narthex (entrance to the worship space) before the service to add any prayers to the Prayers of the People. The Intercessor leads the Prayers of the People with the Deacon during the worship service.
Interested in joining one of these ministries? E-mail Jani Hill for more information.
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