Being a lector is a unique experience; it feels nothing like reading poems, my own or anyone else’s, to an audience. And it’s certainly not a performance; no emoting, or the monks would have my hide. The Liturgy of the Word is prayer. You pray the scriptures with, and for, the people assembled, and the words go out to them in ways only God can imagine. The words are all that matter, and you send them out as prayer, hoping to become invisible behind them.
from The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris