The first lesson at the Solemn Eucharist each Sunday is read by a lay person. Lay people also read the first lesson at evening services such as Michaelmas and Candlemas as well as the midnight Mass of Christmas.
There are currently about a dozen volunteer readers, male and female, drawn from the congregation, acolytes, and choir. A list of the names and dates on which people will be reading is given to the Rector, Church Office, and the readers every 10 to 12 weeks. The Church Secretary then prepares advance copies of the readings so that each reader may become familiar with his or her text.
Readers are given instruction when they are accepted. This involves a practice run-through of the actual procedure including reading aloud to a listener at the very back of the church!
Reading the lesson seems to be an appealing way to participate in Saint Thomas's services and there is occasionally a short list of people waiting to join the group.
If you think you would like to be a reader at the 11 a.m. Eucharist or for more information, please contact Fr. Mark Andrews at the Church Office, (416) 979-2323.