Private mass

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  What is the current thinking about a priest saying a private Mass with no one to respond to the greeting “The Lord be with you”.


A:  The Roman Missal includes an Order of Mass with the Participation of a Single Minister. The missal presumes that the priest always has one person with him whenever he celebrates mass for the sake of the dialogues and a broader presence of the church.

Many are the priests who occasionally celebrate mass alone, but the missal makes no provision for it.