Tag Archives: lectors

ASK FATHER: Indulgence for kissing a new priest’s hands

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is there really an indulgence for kissing the hands of a newly ordained priest?  I’ve heard different accounts.  And how long is “newly”? I have written about this before.   For example, HERE. There is no indulgence, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why can lay people read at Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family goes to EF Masses on Sundays most of the time, but Novus Ordo once a month. My 3-year-old son asked me a question which I have no answer. He asked, “Why is the reading … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can Lectors still bless bread and fruit?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I have just read regarding the minor order of Lector (I know it has been abolished). It is said that the lector can bless bread and fruit. My questions are: Is the blessings reserved only … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can lectors still bless bread?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: We have lector and acolyte installations today and tomorrow here at the seminary. Some of us got into a debate about whether or not the old provision for lectors to bless bread and acolytes to bless … Read More

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ASK FATHER: According to Paul VI do female readers have to remain outside the sanctuary?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Greeting Father! Corpus Christi Watershed has an interesting post regarding female altar servers: In this article they mention Pope Paul VI allowing the use of female readers. It shows clearly they are allowed only when a male is … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Am I being selfish for not reading at Mass?

From a reader: I am newly back to the Church (just over a year) and attend daily mass frequently (NO). [Great!] I have been approached twice now asking to either regularly do the readings or help out as a Eucharistic … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Reading at Mass and “eye contact”

From a seminarian: I wanted to know if the lector should keep eye contact while proclaiming the word of God at Holy Mass? Many parish guidelines say that it’s important to keep eye contact. Keep eye contact… presumably with the … Read More

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