As part of wedding preparation at the Co-Cathedral, the bride and groom will need to select certain prayers and all scripture readings that will be used at their wedding. This is the responsibility of both the bride and groom together; a joint decision. Couples may download the attached documents containing the various options.
The readings that need to be chosen are:
1st reading: Old Testament
Responsorial Psalm: To be sung by cantor
2nd reading: New Testament (epistles, letters)
Gospel: To be proclaimed by the deacon or priest
The individuals that proclaim the scriptures are called "lectors." This is a ministry. Lectors do not simply read the scriptures as though they are reading a novel or instructions, they proclaim the Word of God. Lectors must be able to project their voices, have good diction (pronunciation), and speak clearly, placing emphasis on the appropriate words. Attached is a form also that provides hints and guidelines for choosing the lectors.
Please note: Those chosen to proclaim the Scriptures at your wedding do not need to be actual assigned lectors at their parish, but do need to understand the difference between proclaiming and reading, and be able to proclaim with clarity of pronunciation, emphasis, and appropriate projection of voice. They should be comfortable with doing this in public.
Couples should be prepared to discuss their choices by the time they are to meet with their assigned clergy, so he can help them to better understand how the readings will relate to their vows and married life.
Lectors will proclaim the scriptures using the lectionary, a special book the Church uses that contains the readings. Sheets of paper, the bible, and/or other resources may not be used; it must be the lectionary.