I am often a reader at a very early Sunday Mass – no choir or cantor – so the reader fills in a lot. One of the things is to “welcome” people at the beginning, as in: “Welcome to St. X. Today is the X Sunday of Ordinary Time. Our **(HERE’S THE PROBLEM) **is Father X. Please join me in the entrance antiphon on page X of your Misalette.”
Okay, what do I call Father? I would instinctively say “Our PRESIDER is Father X,” but when I asked one of the priests, he was shocked. “Oh, no, don’t use ‘presider;’ say ‘celebrant’ or something or just give my name!” He seemed so determined, almost shocked, that I wondered if he hadn’t gotten some negative feedback on the word “presider” as in someone leading the worshipers, rather than a kind of “we are all equally marching together to God” type of notion.
Or maybe I was misreading him and was just wrong thinking “Presider” was correct.
Your thoughts, please!