Lectors and Commentators

The Lectors and Commentators Ministry is for the lay faithful who are willing to grow spiritually and commit themselves to perform their duties and responsibilities specifically in the proclamation of the Word in liturgical celebrations. The Lectors and Commentators ensure that the Word of the Lord is accorded due meaning and significance for parishioners to lead a true Christian life.

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for your assigned Sunday Mass

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There are no Missalettes nor Sambuhay for weekday masses except for Simbang Gabi masses and other special feasts. Beginners may purchase a Daily Roman Missal or Pandasal from St. Paul’s bookstore or use iMissal app to create their own weekday missalettes for guidance by inserting the readings and psalms in this Order of Mass Leaflet. When serving as lector, Scriptures should be read directly from the Daily Roman Missal/Lectionary, not from the Sambuhay or any other piece of paper.

Pls. refrain from carrying your notes, missalette or Sambuhay to the ambo, insert them in a binder or diary.

Entrance and Communion Antiphons, found in the Sunday mass Sambuhay or missalettes, are the same antiphon used for daily masses during Ordinary Times. Daily Entrance and Communion Antiphons for Advent and Lent Season or other special occasions are found in the Daily Roman Missal, Pandasal or iMissal app since Sambuhays or missalettes are only available for Sunday masses and Simbang Gabi masses.

Scroll down for website links to the daily readings/psalms and helpful tips.

*******HELPFUL GUIDELINES AND REFERENCES*******

WE, the members of the LeCom Minsitry, were chosen to proclaim the Word of God.

The Word of God is a GIFT to us, it is MOST PRECIOUS, not one word should be lost when we read it.

Therefore, WE MUST PREPARE to be an effective reader. If there is anything we need to ensure, it is that we COME DISPOSED and PREPARED to declare the WORD OF GOD.

How should we prepare?
Read the readings (all the texts you will read including the Gospel) several days, several times before your assigned mass.
Pray the reading.
Allow the reading to affect you. What is it saying to you. How does it make you feel. And speak to the Lord about it.

PRACTICE READING ALOUD.
-Check the pronunciation or meaning of words you do not know.
-Know which words to emphasize and most importantly, take your time in reading and pause clearly, to allow the congregation to hear every word clearly and absorb the readings.
-For more impact, you may want to memorize the first and last lines to allow you to make eye contact with the congregation.
-Responsorial Psalms are meant to be sung so in the absence of a cantor or psalmist, read this part in a melodic manner.
-Alleluia before the Gospel and Amen after the doxology are meant to be sung so sing these, if at all possible when serving Sunday masses. Otherwise, turn off your mic and sing to yourself to encourage the congregation to sing. However, during weekdays, SSAP discourages any singing.
-Prayers of the Faithful are like your own personal prayers and may be read the way you would say your prayers to the Lord.

DRESS PROPERLY:
All SSAP female lectors must wear SSAP Lector Robes, whether assigned for weekday or Sunday masses. They are available at the sacristy, if needed.
All SSAP male lectors must wear long sleeve barong or white dress shirts when serving either weekday or Sunday masses.

COME EARLY:
Come at least 20 minutes before your assigned mass to make the necessary preparations…
As Sunday Commentator:
-assign (properly dressed) gift offerors
-check microphone if working and make height adjustments
-confirm name of the Presider – say hello to the presider/ask visiting priests for any necessary introduction
-ask the choir/cantor, if any:
which “Alleluia” they are singing (preferably no other lyrics besides Alleluia so as to allow us to lead the congregation in reciting the verse before the Gospel) and which prayers they will sing to prepare you to omit recitation of those prayers.
-review the announcements, if any.
As Lector:
-check microphone if working – make height adjustments while it is “off”
-check if ambo has the current Sambuhay and Daily Missal/Lectionary is on the correct page or readings and any other prayers needed, otherwise, request the Sacristan to provide them.
-check with the commentator if the choir/cantor, if any, will sing the psalms aside from the responses for the Responsorial Psalm and what version of the Alleluia they will sing to determine if you should read the verse before the Gospel.

LITURGICAL SEASONS
Be aware of the changes for the applicable liturgical season:
Advent:
Gloria is omitted until the Christmas Season.
Lent:
Pls. observe the following changes in lectoring during the Liturgical Season of Lent:
1) GLORIA is omitted
2) “Alleluia” is not sung nor read during Lent. Instead, “Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!” is SUNG or read.

If “Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!” is NOT SUNG, then lector may read it or the verse before the Gospel as stated in the Lectionary.

After Easter Sunday:
-Regina Coeli replaces The Angelus for the morning, noon and evening masses until Pentecost Sunday.

LAMB OF GOD AND OTHER PRAYERS:
-The “Lamb of God”, if not sung by the song leader, SHOULD BE INITIATED BY THE LECTOR WITHOUT PROMPTING FROM THE PRIEST, as soon as the Presider breaks the Bread or Host.
-Gloria, Apostles Creed, Nicenes Creed, Our Father, and other prayers are usually initiated by the Presider and continued by the Lector/Commentator but if the Presider decides to recite any of these prayers in its entirety, the LeCom’s voice should mellow to allow the Presider’s voice to dominate.

Holy Hour/Liturgy of the Hours:
We encourage all lectors who attend masses that include the Holy Hour or Liturgy of the Hours, pls. join in the prayers. Together with the mass, it constitutes the official public prayer life of the Church. Lectors of these masses should announce, “We invite everyone to join the Holy Hour or the Liturgy of the Hours.”

PRESIDING PRIEST OF THE MASS IS THE BOSS…
follow his lead and special instructions, even if it goes against our quidelines.

COMMONLY USED TERMS, WITH SPECIAL NOTES:
Presider or Presiding Priest – a priest that leads the faithful or congregation in prayer, to give praise to God and celebrate the Eucharist.
Sacristy – Room in the church where a priest prepares for a service, where vestments and other things used in worship and other church furnishings, sacred vessels, including a Tabernacle. It is also where hard copy of missalettes or Sambuhays, Lector’s workbook, preparation prayer, guidebooks, Ordo and Lectionary are kept.
Ordo – small book, containing the liturgical calendar, found in the SSAP sacristy, for Lectors’ guidance on the day’s occasion and readings.
Ambo/pulpit – a raised stand but solemn and dignified, used by lectors and presiders for the Liturgy of the Word; it symbolizes the presence of the Word of God; where the SSAP sacristans set the Daily Roman Missal (for weekday masses), Lectionary (for Sunday masses), green book with prayers of the faithful and other prayers or announcements to be used.
Lectern – raised stand located on the congregation floor used for Sunday masses by the song leader and commentator, where the sacristans set the Commentator’s guidebook with the latest announcements.
Sunday Mass Lector – a lector who reads the 1st reading, Psalms, 2nd reading and Prayers of the Faithful at the ambo
Sunday Mass Commentator – a Lector who assigns gift offerors before mass begins, reads pre-mass announcements, introduction, commentaries, leads the faithful in the responses, except those sung by Choir/Cantor and reads parish announcements before final blessing or as instructed by the priest/presider.
Weekday Lector – A Lector who performs both lector and commentator tasks during weekday masses (Monday to Saturday noon masses).
Daily Roman Missal – book of all readings for all occasions and liturgical calendar year including antiphons, set on the ambo by SSAP sacristans for Weekday Masses used by weekday Lectors and Priest Presiders. See video on how to use it.
Lectionary – book of all readings for all occasions and liturgical calendar year WITHOUT antiphons, set on the ambo by SSAP sacristans for Lectors’ use for Sunday Masses.
Book of Gospels – a book of Gospel readings used by the Priest Presider for all Sunday masses (including anticipated masses on Saturdays). It is the book carried by the Lector in the processional.
Pandasal – book published by St. Pauls Philippines, containing order of mass and Liturgical readings and antiphons for every day of the year.
Sambuhay – dated missalettes published by St. Pauls Media, containing order of mass for Sunday masses and special occasions.
Antiphon – a psalm or verse read by the LeCom after introducing the presider and before communion, IF there is no singing.
Verse before the Gospel – a verse read by ALL, lector, commentator and the faithful IF sung-Alleluia is NOT accompanied by other words.
Processional – refers to the entrance march of the entourage led by the altar servers, followed by the Eucharistic Ministers, followed by the Lector with the Book of Gospels held high, facing the ALTAR, and finally, the Priest Presider.
Recessional – refers to the march after the mass ends in the same order as the processional march only if the Presider decides to march.

Helpful Sites:
Official Website of Lectors and Commentators of Archdiocese of Manila
Daily Readings and Psalms
Audio version of Daily Readings and Psalms
Choose, Download and Print Weekday Missal
Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide
Audio Bible Pronunciation Tool
Helpful Lector Preparation and Lector’s Notes Website
General Instruction for Serving at Mass
English Pronunciation Exercise

DOWNLOADABLE FORMS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW LECOM CANDIDATES:
We have 75 LeCom mass assignments and most of these slots are already taken. However, we are open to SSAP parishioners or regular churchgoer, who live/work in the area and would like to volunteer their time, to substitute for lectors who go on vacation especially during summer/holidays and for the early morning masses and Sunday tagalog masses.

Submit the following documents, signed:
New LeCom Commitment Form
New LeCom Personal Data Form
Baptismal/Confirmation/Marriage Certificate
Pls. email completed forms with required documents to deechan1@gmail.com and jeannie@bitanga.com
We will respond to arrange the following:
-Meeting with a screening committee member and later with the Parish Priest.
-Attendance to both LeCom Basic Seminar and Doctrinal Formation.
-Commissioning rites by our Parish Priest during a Sunday mass at SSAP.

VIDEOS OF LECOM’S PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL
BULING-BULING FESTIVAL

2016 with parish priest, Fr. Reu Galoy OFM

2015

2014 with current parish priest, Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM


2012

2011 with current OFM Provincial Minister, Fr. Greg Redoblado with the afro hair.

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