Opening Prayer or Collect
136. The Opening Prayer is the first of "the presidential prayers" which is given by the priest (IG 30). Everyone present listens with attention, there should be no other prayer or liturgical song, and the organ or other instruments should not be played (IG 32). After the invitation Let us Pray all pray in silence. [The English translations of the GIRM 32 and IG 54 seem to have omitted part of the sentence emphasising this: "et omnes una cum sacerdote parumper silent, ut conscii fiant se in conspectu Dei stare, et vota sua in animo possint nuncupare".]
137. The Opening Prayer should always end with "for ever and ever" (or "per omnia saecula saeculorum") to which the response is "Amen". The 1975 GIRM 11 (DOL 1401) had:
139. This has been replaced by IG 31:
140. So the provision for the celebrant to change the words of introduction and conclusion has been removed.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 18 March 2002. Last updated 15 April 2002.