Why are lay lectors allowed to read when Jesus/Second Person of the Trinity speaks outside the Gospels


This is a strange question but here it goes…

Only deacons, priests and bishops can proclaim the gospel in a liturgical setting. That is clearly understood. But why can lay lectors read parts of in Acts and Revelation where Jesus speaks?

Similarly, it has always been understood that it is the Second Person of the Trinity who speaks the words of creation in Genesis (“Let there be…”).

Further, throughout the year, lay lectors read Old Testament readings where the Father speaks. Why is the laity allowed to read when the Father Speaks but not when the Son speaks?

Why the inconsistency? (If you ask me, only the ordained should read the spoken word of the Trinity).


The Gospel Book is considered to be an icon/image of Christ and show forth his life and mission on Earth. When we kiss the Gospel, we kiss Christ. It is a holy image of Christ made up of words instead of paint. The other books show the history of the Church and writings to the Church as such they quote Christ but are not an image of his earthly life. :slight_smile:


Because the Church says so. :stuck_out_tongue:

In all seriousness, though, you are correct that all of Scripture is the Word of God. But the Gospels are given special reverence because they contain the words and actions of Jesus.

As Dei Verbum puts it, “It is common knowledge that among all the Scriptures, even those of the New Testament, the Gospels have a special preeminence, and rightly so, for they are the principal witness for the life and teaching of the incarnate Word, our savior.”

It’s about highlighting this preeminence of the Gospels rather than being about denigrating the rest of Scripture. Obviously, all Scripture is good stuff. :slight_smile:

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