The Priest’s “Art of Celebrating”

Getting right down to it: About this “Good morning, ” said by the priest at the start of mass:

At times even with the most solemn of celebrations of the Eucharist, once the priest celebrant arrives at the chair, he first addresses the assembly with a friendly “Good morning!”

Sometimes, he follows this with an introductory phrase to the Sign of the Cross,

“Let us begin our prayer, ‘In the name of the Father….’”

Most priests and most people may wonder why there is any question about the use of these two phrases.

The more important question, however, is what does the celebration of Mass expect at this point that renders both phrases out of order?

By Father Dennis Gill, Director of the Office for Divine Worship in Philadelphia and Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

First of a series at Adoremus Bulletin.