The Role of the Laity
Lay people at Saint Mary's serve in worship
in a variety of special ways: as choir members, acolytes, altar guild
members, ushers, lectors, Lay Eucharistic Minister Type I (LEM I), and
Lay Eucharistic Minister Type II (LEM II). While our bishop, when present,
or, otherwise, our rector, presides at our worship, the Eucharist is
celebrated by the entire community. Thus all lay and ordained persons
at Saint Mary's are ministers of the Eucharist and are sent forth from
the Eucharist as ministers to the world.
This page explains three of these special
forms of Lay service: LEM I, LEM II, and Lector. If you feel called
to serve God and your fellow Christians in these or other ways, we hope
you'll accept this invitation to join us in this important and rewarding
Sharing God's Word: The Role of
The job of the Lector is to read scripture
or lead the congregation in prayer during church services. When a service
is informal or attended by a small group, the celebrant may ask anyone
present to read or pray aloud with little or no preparation. During
Sunday morning services at St. Mary's, the role of the Lector is a little
more formal. Lectors are scheduled in advance and have the opportunity
during the preceding work to prepare and practice. In a typical St.
Mary's Communion service, a Lector will participate at three points
during the first half of the service: by reading each of two lessons
drawn from the Bible, and by leading the congregation in the Prayers
of the People. Learn more...
Serving at the Altar: The Role of
the LEM I
The Lay Eucharistic Minister Type I, or
LEM I, assists in the celebration of Holy Communion by administering
the chalice. At St. Mary's, one or two LEM I's generally participate
at each Communion service. Learn more...
Beyond the Church Walls: The Role
of the LEM II
The Lay Eucharistic Minister Type II, or
LEM II, brings Holy Communion to those from our parish family who can't
be with us in church due to illness or infirmity. If you are a LEM II,
you'll be administering the bread and wine in the home of a fellow parishioner
or sometimes in a hospital room. It's a form of ministry that is greatly
appreciated by by those who receive it, and a very meaningful extension
of the devotional experience for those who offer it. Learn
You can learn more about this ministry here...