Man or woman who, during a church ceremony, performs the reading(s) of the Bible, except for the One of the four books of the Bible that focus on Jesus's actions and sayings, his death and resurrection. The four evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. ‘Gospel’ is the Old English translation of the Greek evangeleon, which literally means 'Good News'. This term refers to the core message of these books. reading, and who may also read other texts and prayers (penitential, prayer of the faithful, reflective text, etc.).