Lecteur

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In the mediaeval Church the Lecteur was an ecclesiastic in minor orders, who led the singing and read the epistle. In Jersey he disappeared during the Calvinist regime, but in England he survived the Reformation as the Parish Cleric, who still led the responses, and often read the lessons. The Canons of 1623 reintroduced him into Jersey after the English pattern. Each parish was ordered to appoint a Clerc or Cousteur "able to read calmly, distinctly, and intelligibly, and reasonably qualified to sing the Psalms." Falle notes in 1734 that the Lecteur usually read the lessons, and Durell adds in 1837 that this was still the practice in his day. The last Lecteur, George Frederic Poole of Grouville, died in 1941

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