Institution to the Ministry of Lector – Second Theology Seminarians

“Take this book of holy Scripture
and be faithful in handing on the word of God,
so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.”

On Friday, September 22, Bishop Nelson Perez presided at the Liturgy for the Institution to the Ministry of Lector for the Second Theology Seminarians. In the words of the ritual:

As readers and bearers of God’s word, you will assist in this mission, and so take on a special office within the Christian community; you will be given a responsibility in the service of the faith, which is rooted in the word of God. You will proclaim that word in the liturgical assembly, instruct children and adults in the faith and prepare them to receive the sacraments worthily. You will bring the message of salvation to those who have not yet received it. Thus with your help men and women will come to know God our Father and his Son Jesus Christ, whom he sent, and so be able to reach eternal life.

In proclaiming God’s word to others, accept it yourselves in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Meditate on it constantly, so that each day you will have a deeper love of the Scriptures, and in all you say and do show forth to the world our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pictured left to right:

Brook Benedict (Youngstown), Benjamin Schweigert, Alex Clark, Ivan Hernandez Perez, CSJ, Joseph Robinson, Alex Spenik, Chad Johnson (Youngstown).