“The Lord be with you”

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Does the priest say “the Lord be with you” before the Gospel on Palm Sunday? Normally, we have lay readers participate in the Gospel and proclaim the Gospel reading—the priest reading the part of Jesus.

A:  On Palm Sunday and Good Friday the greeting “The Lord be with you” is omitted before the Passion. You can find this instruction in the missal at #21 on the pages pertaining to Palm Sunday, and at the head of the readings for Palm Sunday at Lectionary #38.