Lafayette Diocese Seminarian, Seth Lemaire, was instituted into the Ministry of Lector, January 14, 2018 by His Eminence Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. A total of 41 seminarians from all around the United States received this Ministry at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the Pontifical North American College where Seth is a first year theology student.
HIs Eminence Cardinal Farrell reminded the candidates that becoming a Lector brings with it not only the responsibility of proclaiming the Word of God but also a commitment to living a life “centered on the Gospel message”, encouraging the seminarians that the preaching of God’s word is not done by speech alone but most importantly by their daily witness to the truth that is Jesus Christ.
The duties of a lector (or “Reader”) is described in the apostolic letter MINISTERIA QUAEDAM issued by Pope Paul VI. “The reader is appointed for a function proper to him, that of reading the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, he is to proclaim the readings from sacred Scripture, except for the gospel in the Mass and other sacred celebrations; he is to recite the psalm between the readings when there is no psalmist; he is to present the intentions for the general intercessions in the absence of a deacon or cantor; he is to direct the singing and the participation by the faithful; he is to instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments. He may also, insofar as may be necessary, take care of preparing other faithful who are appointed on a temporary basis to read the Scriptures in liturgical celebrations. That he may more fittingly and perfectly fulfill these functions, he is to meditate assiduously on sacred Scripture. Aware of the office he has undertaken, the reader is to make every effort and employ suitable means to acquire that increasingly warm and living love and knowledge of Scripture that will make him a more perfect disciple of the Lord.”
Seth is the son of Jodie Meaux Sellers and the late Kevin Wayde Lemaire; and he is sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Abbeville.