After the entrance procession and the Sign of the Cross, the priest greets the congregation with one of three greetings.The second option for the greeting is:
Col 1:2; 1 Th 1:1; 1 Pt 1:2; 2 Pt 1:2; Rv 1:42. Grace to you and peaceThe wording has changed slightly from the old translation, matching the greeting found in eight of St. Paul’s letters. The slightly unnatural word order (“grace to you and peace” rather than “grace and peace to you”) matches the traditional rendering of these verses as found in most English Bibles. This wording should slow us down to consider the meaning of this greeting. We have already considered the grace we receive from God in and through Jesus Christ; what about His peace?
Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 1:3; 2 Cor 1:2; Gal 1:3from God our Father
Eph 1:2; Phil 1:2; 2 Th 1:2; Phlm 3and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The peace that Jesus gives to us is not a worldly peace, but an other-worldly peace. He described it at the Last Supper, in words that sound familiar to us because the priest says some of them just before the Sign of Peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. … I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn 14:27; 16:33) Jesus offers us a peace that is not worldly security, but comfort in victory over the world.