Q: What’s allowed to be prayed or used in a presider binder and what has to be said from the Roman Missal? I have found it varies from pastor to pastor or from priest to priest. With setting up the presider binders for the Triduum this year and watching Masses on livestream from various churches, it’s made me wonder what is required and what’s a personal preference? Thank you!
A: GIRM 31 allows the priest to use his own words in certain parts of the Mass. He may also compose the beginning and end of the Universal Prayer. For more details, see my book In These or Similar Words.