RP 49, 94-96: Form II (or III): Greeting

mary-the-penitent.jpgThe presidential greeting for the communal rites are interesting. RP 49 gives two choices first:

49. After the song the priest greets the congregation:

Grace, mercy, and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

And also with you.


Grace and peace be with you from God the Father and from Jesus Christ who loved us and washed away our sins in his blood.

Glory to him for ever. Amen.

The rite than refers to other options:

Or other forms of greeting may be chosen from nos. 94-96.


94. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son be with you in truth and love.


95. May God open your hearts to his law and give you peace; may he answer your prayers and restore you to his friendship.


96. Grace and peace be with you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ who laid down his life for our sins.

Glory to him for ever. Amen.

More familiar options from Mass are permitted as a third choice. Usually, this is what I hear at form II:

The greetings from the introductory rites of Mass may also be used.

Clearly, the modern Penance Rite is intended as more than a simple exercise than “say the black, do the red.” Those who formulated these rites intended that clergy would give due thought to the many options, and construct a service that was well-suited to the spiritual sensibilities of those who gathered.

Then the priest or another minister speaks briefly about the importance and purpose of the celebration and the order of the service.

A commentator’s role is mentioned to precede the opening prayer.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to RP 49, 94-96: Form II (or III): Greeting

  1. Liam says:

    While there are choices, there are competing issues:

    1. Progressive liturgists have generally scorned having the faithful read during the liturgy. Which means relying on a worship aid to provide non-intuitive responses is unpopular with them.

    2. More traditional liturgists generally prefer options that have the intuitivity of custom.

    Both of these impulses favor relying on the familiar responses from the Mass, rather than something unfamiliar.

    That said, were reconciliation services to be much more frequent, familiarity could build. If they are only scheduled once or twice a year, you perforce would fall back on more familiar ritual.

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