What is the Introit?
“Introit” is Latin meaning “entrance hymn.” In the early church, the Invocation, Confession and Absolution took place at the back entrance of the sanctuary where the Baptismal Font was located. The pastor would then enter the sanctuary during the Introit as a reminder to the congregation that Christ was coming into their midst in the Word and Sacraments, with which He was giving them the blessings of His grace. The verses of the Introit set the theme for the worship service for that day.
What does the Introit have to do with our worship?
The Introit reminds us that Christ comes to us in worship. Our worship is not a conversation about Christ who is far away, it is a conversation with Christ who is present. It also sets the theme of the message we will receive from Christ that day. Introits have been prepared for the various days of the Church Year which reflect the readings assigned for that day.
What does the Bible say about this?
Psalm 24 - calls us to lift our heads for the coming of the King of Glory, who is the Lord Himself.
Malachi 3:1-3 - God promises to enter His Temple and purify the priests who are there. He did, and does, that in Christ.
Matthew 18:18-20 - Jesus promises to be present with forgiveness.
Matthew 21:1-11 - Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the cries of “Hosanna,” which means “save us, we pray.” The church sings salvation’s song.
Revelation 3:20 - The door is open through forgiveness as Christ enters.
Find ways to remind yourselves that Jesus comes to us. The prayer, “Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest . .” may be helpful. You may also want to sing these hymns from LSB 361 v4, 878, 901, 902, 907
Leave the room, then enter. That’s what Jesus does in worship. Teach them that the Introit is a reminder that Jesus comes to us in worship and blesses us with His grace.
O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray. Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell. O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel. Amen.