The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Readers of the Word

Readers of the Word have a most important role proclaiming Sacred Scripture during the Liturgy of the Word.

This involves more than simply the task of reading aloud: Readers of the Word should be people formed by the Word of God, reflecting on the holy Scripture daily, and praying what they are called to share with others. They should be examples of devotion to God’s Word.

This is a high calling indeed: as Readers we proclaim God’s Word and bring it to life.

The following books may be of interest if you would like to learn more:

    • The Word of God, by Pope Benedict XVI, St Paul’s Publishing, 2010
    • Verbum Domini, by Pope Benedict XVI, Catholic Truth Society, 2010
    • Dei Verbum (Vatican II: ‘On Divine Revelation’), Catholic Truth Society, 2004. The text can also be found here.
    • Letter and Spirit, by Scott Hahn, Darton, Longman & Todd, London, 2006

You can also contact St Paul’s Bookshop, Hinsley Hall: Tel. 0113  275 4043 or email

The following resources may also be helpful:

Photograph of a person reading the bible
A guide offering practical advice for new and experienced readers.
An Introduction to the Bible and how to read the Scriptures: for use by Readers and all those interested in understanding better the word of God.
Fr Henry Longbottom has also prepared a helpful guide for those who read at Mass.
A leaflet, produced by the Liturgy Office of England and Wales.
The Bishop of England and Wales published, in 2005, a resource booklet for Readers on the Ministry of the Word and the Church’s understanding of Scripture.