GIRM 30: Presidential Prayers

Some conservative Catholics get tripped up on “presidency.” There is really no need:

30. Among those things assigned to the Priest, the prime place is occupied by the Eucharistic Prayer, which is the high point of the whole celebration. Next are the orations, that is to say, the Collect, the Prayer over the Offerings, and the Prayer after Communion. These prayers are addressed to God by the Priest who presides over the assembly in the person of Christ, in the name of the entire holy people and of all present.[SC 33] Hence they are rightly called the “presidential prayers.”

This piece is largely unchanged from section 10 in the 1975 GIRM.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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