The Ministry of Lay Readers is one of liturgical assistance to the Rector. This may consist of officiating at non-sacramental services in the absence of the Rector, preaching at the request of the Rector, and taking non-sacramental parts of the service at the request of the Rector. Lay Readers may assist with the distribution of Holy Communion when regularly scheduled to do so. A Lay Reader is licensed to, responsible to, and under the care and supervision of the Rector. There is a covenant relationship between the Rector and the Lay Reader.