Lectors' Prayers and Meditations

Come Holy Spirit, into my mind and my heart as I read these Sacred Scriptures. 
Inspire me with your grace to proclaim this Living Word with sincerity and reverence. 
Help me to focus on the Word and discern its meaning so that I can communicate it 
clearly and enthusiastically. Each time I approach the Ambo, remind me that I am on holy ground and that the Ministry of proclaiming the Scriptures is a sacred trust. I place all my trust in you, that through your power, the people of God will hear and accept the Word into their hearts. 
(From St. Joseph Catholic Church - Vacaville, CA)

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Almighty God, cleanse my heart and my lips that I may worthily proclaim your Gospel; bless my efforts to prepare, that I may meditate on your Word, understand it better, and proclaim it faithfully to your people; surround my ministry with your presence, that I may carefully perform the task entrusted to me, preach Jesus Christ to others, announce the Word of God properly, watch it grow in the hearts of listeners and give glory to you, Father, through your Son and in the Holy Spirit. 
(From 'Messengers of God's Word: A Handbook for Lectors," Fr. Joseph M Champlin)

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Lord, I thank you, for granting me the privilege to serve you in this most honored Ministry of Lector. I ask that you guide me so I might continually learn to better proclaim your Word in a way that is pleasing to you, and enlightening to our brothers and sisters in the body of your church. If I approach this ministry too carelessly, remind me Lord, that I was called by you, and that I owe you nothing less than my absolute best effort. I ask you to guide me and all lectors throughout the body of your church. Let your spirit fill our hearts as we serve you in love; in your son Jesus' name, Amen. (GM)

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Lord, invest me with your power as I prepare to proclaim the marvel of your message. I have prepared  my reading, I have tried to take within me the meaning of what I am about to proclaim, not just with my lips, but with my whole heart and soul. Lord make me a hollow reed so that your voice will be heard by all who hear me. Free me of any excessive concern over my performance. Convert my feeling of nervousness 
and turn my apprehension into an energy for proclaiming your word with power and authority. May your spirit live in me and fill the holy Word that I proclaim. 
(From the lectors of Our Lady, Star of the Sea Parish, Singapore and lectorprep.org.

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Dear Jesus, thank You for calling me to be a lector at Your Eucharistic celebrations. Let me take this role seriously and diligently prepare myself for it by studying the sacred texts before mass, and by striving to be a better Catholic Christian. By my physical action of reading, I AM the instrument through whom You become present to the assembly in Your word and through whom You impart Your teachings. Let nothing in my manner disturb Your people or close their hearts to the action of Your spirit. Cleanse my heart and my mind and open my lips that I may worthily proclaim Your word. Amen 
(From St Angela Merici, Brea CA)

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Everlasting Father in the beginning your Word brought forth life and called us into being. In the fullness of time, Jesus, your Son, the Word became flesh. In the synagogue at Nazareth and on the hills of Galilee, he taught the good news of salvation,the Gospel of life and of truth.In an act of everlasting love he opened his arms on the cross and by his death destroyed all death, leading us to everlasting life. Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare your praise. Open my heart, that I may proclaim the Word made flesh. Strengthen my mind, that I may live the holy words I speak. For your Word is all holy and all true and lives in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. 
(From St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Lyons KS)

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Praise to you, Lord God, King of the universe, and all glory to your name. I praise you and thank you for calling me to proclaim your word to your beloved people. Open the hearts of all who worship with us, so that they may hear your voice when I read. Let nothing in my life or manner disturb your people or close their hearts to the action of your Spirit.Cleanse my heart and mind, And open my lips so that I may proclaim your glory.All praise to you, heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, Now and forever. Amen. 
(National Bulletin on Liturgy, #50, Canadian Catholic Conference Publications)

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(To Avoid Outside Preoccupations Before Approaching the Ambo) 

 Lord, cleanse my mind from any thoughts outside of your word which I'm about to proclaim. Lift the thorns from my heart so I may be a worthy vessel for your voice to reach the hearts of your listeners with its love and healing power. 
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Scripture Texts

The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them: 
Isaiah 50:4

Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow: Hebrews 4:12

So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it: Isaiah 55:11

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another:
Colossians 3:16

  The Law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. 
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.
The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye.
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. 
The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just; More desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold,
Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb:
Psalm 19: 8-11 

Yet just as from the heavens 
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it: Isaiah 55: 10-11

Every word of God is tested; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him: Proverbs 30:5.

But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: 1 John 2:5

As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness: Acts 4:31

Search through the book of the LORD* and read: not one of these shall be lacking, For the mouth of the LORD has ordered it, and his spirit gathers them there: Is 34:16

Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart: He 4:12

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Eph 6:17 

The grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever: 1 Peter 1: 25

And that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work: 2 Tim 3:15-17

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe: 1 Thes 2:13

Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ: 
Romans 10:17
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The grass withers, the flower wilts, but the word of our God stands forever... Isaiah 40:8
Gospel Texts

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name,j who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth: 
John 1:1-14

​He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled: Luke 24: 44

​He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it: Luke 11:28

He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God: Matthew 4:4

It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh* is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life: John 6:63

Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day: John 12:48

You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you: John 15:3
As Jesus stood up to read when he was handed a scroll from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:16-17), let us read from our modern-day scrolls with his courage, conviction and love (GM)