The Lord be with you

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: You say that a non-ordained person does not use the greeting, “The Lord be with you.” This has confused me.  In context, that applies only to Masses, correct? A layperson may use that salutation as a greeting outside of Mass, am I correct?


A: Well, no. The Liturgy of the Hours, the Book of Blessings, The Order of Distributing Communion outside of Mass, and even the unusual circumstances when a layperson baptizes or witnesses a Catholic wedding—all of these remove the greeting, “The Lord be with you” from a lay presider.

It is true that the English translation of Pastoral Care and Anointing of the Sick has a lay communion minister greet the sick person with formulas that resemble those used by an ordained minister, such as, “The peace of the Lord be with you always,” but those words are assigned to the priest alone in the Latin typical edition. They will almost surely be changed when a revised English translation comes into force.