Introductory Rite/Penitential Rite during Lent

Since Lent has begun, Sunday Mass at the church we attend when we can’t make the TLM has changed the Introductory Rites and I don’t know where it has come from.

There is no singing, or even reading of the entrance antiphon. There is instrumental music during the entrance procession.

The priest stops and kneels on the first step of the Sanctuary, everybody else kneels, too, while the Kyrie is sung (in Greek).

At the end of the Kyrie, the priest makes the sign of the cross and pronounces the priest’s absolution. All still kneeling. There is no greeting.

The priest rises, enters the Sanctuary, and reverences the Altar, goes to the chair and prays the Collect.

Then we go into the Liturgy of the Word.

Does anyone know what all this is about?


I’m not exactly sure what has changed.

It is normal for Mass to be more low key -less singing- during Lent. Is it the kneeling during the Kyrie that is bothering you?

What kind of greeting are you expecting?

This is what is supposed to happen, from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal: (What I am getting is in boldface)

  1. The rites preceding the Liturgy of the Word, namely the Entrance, Greeting, Act of Penitence, Kyrie, Gloria, and Collect, have the character of a beginning, introduction, and preparation.

  2. After the people have gathered, the Entrance chant begins as the priest enters with the deacon and ministers.

  3. The singing at this time is done either alternately by the choir and the people or in a similar way by the cantor and the people, or entirely by the people, or by the choir alone…If there is no singing at the entrance, the antiphon in the Missal is recited either by the faithful, or by some of them, or by a lector; otherwise, it is recited by the priest himself, who may even adapt it as an introductory explanation.

(No entrance chant, singing, or entrance antiphon, just instrumental music.)

  1. When they reach the sanctuary, the priest, the deacon, and the ministers reverence the altar with a profound bow.

As an expression of veneration, moreover, the priest and deacon then kiss the altar itself…

(Moved to after the Kyrie)

  1. When the Entrance chant is concluded, the priest stands at the chair and, together with the whole gathering, makes the Sign of the Cross. Then he signifies the presence of the Lord to the community gathered there by means of the Greeting.

(Priest has never entered sanctuary, he kneels on the first step, all of congregation kneels. Sign of Cross moved to after Kyrie.)
(Greeting: “The Lord be with you. And also with you”…omitted.)

  1. Then the priest invites those present to take part in the Act of Penitence, which, after a brief pause for silence, the entire community carries out through a formula of general confession. The rite concludes with the priest’s absolution…

(Act of Penitence omitted. Priest’s absolution moved to after Kyrie)

  1. After the Act of Penitence, the Kyrie is always begun, unless it has already been included as part of the Act of Penitence.

**At the end of the Kyrie, the priest makes the sign of the cross and pronounces the priest’s absolution. All still kneeling. There is no greeting.

The priest rises, enters the Sanctuary, and reverences the Altar, goes to the chair and prays the Collect.) **

  1. The Gloria (omitted on Sundays in Lent)

  2. Next the priest invites the people to pray. All, together with the priest, observe a brief silence so that they may be conscious of the fact that they are in God’s presence and may formulate their petitions mentally. Then the priest says the prayer which is customarily known as the Collect…

From a musical perspective there is a violation of the rubrics which say that instrumental music, that is, music not used in support of singing, is prohibited during Lent:

GIRM #313. The organ and other lawfully approved musical instruments are to be placed in an appropriate place so that they can sustain the singing of both the choir and the congregation and be heard with ease by all if they are played alone. It is appropriate that, before being put into liturgical use, the organ be blessed according to the rite described in the Roman Ritual.[left]In Advent the organ and other musical instruments should be used with a moderation that is consistent with the season’s character and does not anticipate the full joy of the Nativity of the Lord.

**In Lent the playing of the organ and musical instruments is allowed only to support the singing. Exceptions are *****Laetare ***Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent), Solemnities, and Feasts.

Deacon Ed[/left]

Also I dont think the priest is supposed to make a sign of the cross at what is not strictly an absolution.

I am not aware of anything that would justify these departures from the Roman Missal.

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