Life of Saint Viator
Saint Viator was both a lector of the Church of Lyons, France, and a disciple and companion of Bishop Just. He was probably born in Lyons during the 4th Century in a Roman or Gallo-Roman family. After finishing his studies as a youth, he probably entered the local cathedral school for lectors as an adult where he would have studied the Scriptures, the writings of the Church Fathers, and the art of correctly reading and proclaiming the Scriptures at liturgy.
After he and his classmates completed their training, the bishop would have ordained the men to the order of lector at a special ceremony that included special prayers for the young candidates, presentation of the lectionary containing the Scriptures that were used at liturgy, and a commission to proclaim the Scriptures.
In the 4th Century, the order of lector was deemed permanent and the requirements included the continual nurturing of an ever-deeper faith life and performing the apostolic works of reverently proclaiming the Scriptures at liturgy and the teaching of Christian doctrine to the young people.