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A lector, in Latin, is a broad definition for a person who reads, aloud or not. It is also a specific title, not translated in many languages as English (but in French for example Lecteur), in various uses : Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ...

Academic
An academic lector can include public lecturers and readers at a university, as well as the title 'lector jubilate', which is an equivalent to Doctor of Divinity.
Ecclesiastical
A minister who reads scriptures or writings in a religious service, whether a clergyman (or equivalent) or otherwise. A reader (liturgy) is sometimes referred to as a lector. The (lector) reader proclaims the Scripture readings used in the Liturgy of the Word from The official, liturgical book (lectionary). The Roman Catholic Church has a rite by which it formally institutes men studying for the priesthood and diaconate as lectors.
Filmic
In some countries (e.g. Poland), a lector is used instead of closed captioning or dubbing to make foreign language films and programs accessible to the country's speakers. This is also known as a Gavrilov translation.
Cigar dummy
Historically, the lector or reader in a cigar factory entertained workers by reading books or newspapers aloud. See Cigar#Manufacture.

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A lector (reader) in the West is a clerk having the second of the four minor orders.
In the Eastern Churches this and other lessons are still supposed to be read by a lector, but everywhere his office (as all minor orders) may be supplied by a layman.
In the rubrics at the beginning it is said that if Mass be sung without deacon and subdeacon a lector wearing a surplice may sing the Epistle in the usual place; but at the end he does not kiss the celebrant's hand (Ritus celebr.
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