EWTN Liturgy Q&A
I have been impressed with lots of answers from Colin B. Donovan
on the Liturgy Question and Answer section of www.ewtn.com. For
example a recent one on genuflecting during Mass is particularly
But I disagree with part of his answer on Lay Ministers and
so have submitted a question to him with the heading "Rights
of instituted lectors":
Colin B. Donovan,
In your answer on Lay Ministers of 4 October you concluded
about readers: "This duty should not be given out as a reward
or a right, regardless of age, since it serves the common, not
the individual, good."
But in the GIRM 101 you quote it has: "In the absence
of an instituted reader, other lay people maybe designated to
proclaim the readings from the Sacred Scriptures."
Surely this is saying that other lay people may only do the
readings if there is the absence of an instituted reader.
As GIRM 99 says: "The reader is instituted to proclaim
the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the
Do you agree that the ceremony when a bishop institutes someone
as a reader gives him the right and duty to read?
I hope he does agree and that a few more people learn about
I think Colin gave a good
answer on 15 October at ewtn.com, which should remain available
for 30 days.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 5 October 2002. Updated 22 October