At each Eucharist there are usually three readings from the Bible. While the Gospel is always read by ordained clergy (a bishop, priest or deacon), the other two readings are usually read by specially appointed members of the parish called Readers. Often called Lectors, this was an honored – and sometimes dangerous – office in the early church when even possessing a copy of the Scriptures could be a capital offense. Today readers are selected from those who can read clearly and effectively so that the meaning of the readings can be easily heard by all those in attendance. If you are interested in serving as a Reader please contact the Rector.