The Lector Ministry makes a truly satisfying and meaningful contribution to Eucharistic celebrations at St. Mary. A lector is expected to attend training sessions when offered, pre-read and prepare the reading(s), learn the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar words, and read at a pace that encourages thoughtful reflection of the Word and its meaning as it relates to our contemporary lives. St. Benedict says in his rule: "They should not presume to read who by mere chance take up the book . . . Only those are to discharge these duties who can do so to the edification of the hearers."