The Grace of the Liturgy: The Joy of God’s Presence Among Us
Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam. “I will go in unto the Altar of God, to God, Who giveth joy to my youth.” This is how the Tridentine Rite Mass begins – with the priest saying these prayers at the foot of the altar. Going to the Lord’s House to praise, worship and adore Him should be a joyful experience.
On January 27th, the First Reading, Nehemiah 8:2-4A, 5-6, 8-10, ended with, “Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!” The Tridentine Rite’s Prayers at the Foot of the Altar end