At the church I attend, the priest leads the congregation in a prayer to St. Michael the archangel immediately after the opening procession. Just before the closing procession (recession?) he leads the congregation in praying one Hail Mary.
My questions are:
-Are the entering and exiting processions part of the mass? Please correct me if I’m not referring to these events by their proper names.
-Is the practice of adding prayers to the mass a big deal?
-Would it be innapropriate to “bookend” the mass with additional prayers? (i.e. before and after all parts of the mass proper)