Introíbo ad altáre Dei…

One of the first joys of a young priest is being able to say those four short words at the beginning of Mass — instead of answering them as a server.

The server answers with the words,

Ad Deum qui lætificat juventútem meam.

Priest and server start off the Mass in joy. I will go in to the Altar of God. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

My prayer as I begin my ministry is that every day will start with those thoughts: a joy in the service of our blessed Lord in His Church.

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