The ministry of Lector is paramount to the Liturgy of the Word. The Lector is responsible for announcing the Word of God well. The Church teaches that Christ is truly present in the Word proclaimed. The Liturgical Minister should articulate the Scripture readings at an audible (but not overpowering) volume, with clear diction and enunciation, appropriate vocal inflection, at a reverent, even pace, and above all: prayerfully. The Lector is essential in facilitating the congregation’s devotion to God’s Word and helping them toward prayerful reflection on Sacred Scripture.