The reader or lector is responsible for proclaiming the Epistle, normally First and Second Readings and Bidding Prayers during the first part of the celebration of Mass, the Liturgy of the Word. The proclamation of the Gospel is made by the priest or deacon. The reader will also proclaim the Responsorial Psalm if there is no cantor. On particular major feasts such as Easter and Christmas, additional readings may be required. A group of readers may also assist the priest to proclaim part of the Passion on Good Friday.

Tips for Parish Readers

About Reading at Holy Mass
The Ministry of reading God’s Word aloud for others in Church is both a privilege and a challenge. Just as others in our Parish Community may be Ministers of the Eucharist and assist in distributing Holy Communion, so Readers are entrusted with the sharing of God’s Word.

Guidelines for Parish Readers

The General Instruction to the Lectionary

The General Instruction to the Lectionary explains the closeness of the relationship between the Word of God and the mystery of the Eucharist. It points out that from the beginning, the Church came together to read of the actions of Christ and to celebrate the paschal mystery as he instructed.

Readers’ Rota

Readers’ Rota

Please find here a full rota for readers from January to the end of June 2020.

Please arrange a substitute to cover for you if you are unavailable.

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Mission Statement

The Church of Saint Peter in Chains is a Catholic Church in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland. Saint Peter in Chains belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galloway. It is a relatively young Church having been opened in 1938. Most Churches in the surrounding towns are well over a hundred years old. The Parish hopes to re-energise the local Church through authentic witness that can inspire people to rediscover the message of Catholicism.

We hope to play an active part in the New Evangelisation by striving to be “missionary disciples”. This website exists for two reasons. Firstly, it informs the community of Church services and other events and secondly, it records the history of the parish. These aims form our mission statement.