[quote="jfmonforte, post:10, topic:22445"]
Hi recently a new priest was sent to my parish, and traditionally when bring up the gifts the presiding priest accepts the gifts first and the money basket second. But this new priest says he is well verst in liturgy. and tells us the money should be accepted first before the gifts. what is correct. thank you
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The GIRM does not specify any sort of order.
The bread and wine are the gifts proper and the GIRM says it is praiseworthy that they are brought forward (although they might not be, in some cases they might be on the credence table and brought to the altar by the priest or altar servers).
Money or other items are optional but acceptable in the presentation of the gifts.
The Preparation of the Gifts
- At the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist the gifts which will become Christ’s Body and Blood are brought to the altar.
First of all, the altar or Lord’s table, which is the center of the whole Liturgy of the Eucharist, is made ready when on it are placed the corporal, purificator, Missal, and chalice (unless this last is prepared at the credence table).
The offerings are then brought forward. It is a praiseworthy practice for the bread and wine to be presented by the faithful. They are then accepted at an appropriate place by the Priest or the Deacon to be carried to the altar. Even though the faithful no longer bring from their own possessions the bread and wine intended for the liturgy as was once the case, nevertheless the rite of carrying up the offerings still keeps its spiritual efficacy and significance.
Even money or other gifts for the poor or for the Church, brought by the faithful or collected in the church, are acceptable; given their purpose, they are to be put in a suitable place away from the Eucharistic table.
The procession bringing the gifts is accompanied by the Offertory Chant (cf. no. 37 b), which continues at least until the gifts have been placed on the altar. The norms on the manner of singing are the same as for the Entrance Chant (cf. no. 48). Singing may always accompany the rite at the Offertory, even when there is no procession with the gifts.
The bread and wine are placed on the altar by the Priest to the accompaniment of the prescribed formulas; the Priest may incense the gifts placed on the altar and then incense the cross and the altar itself, so as to signify the Church’s offering and prayer rising like incense in the sight of God. Next, the Priest, because of his sacred ministry, and the people, by reason of their baptismal dignity, may be incensed by the Deacon or by another minister.
Then the Priest washes his hands at the side of the altar, a rite in which the desire for interior purification finds expression.