What is the “Introit”?
The Introit (pronounced in-TRO-it) comes from the Latin word introitus which means “entrance.” The Introit used to be sung as the Pastors came into the church and approached the altar.
Why do we use the Introit in the Divine Service?
Usually, the Introit is a Psalm, or parts of Psalms, put together to help sketch a picture of the theme for the day. Sometimes the Introit can be portions of other books of the Bible. For an example of this, the Introit for “All Saints’ Day.” comes from a Psalm and the book of Revelation, but all of it comes from God’s Word!
Before or after the Divine Service, look through the service for the Introit. Be sure to point out the one theme that ties all the parts of the service together: our Savior, Jesus Christ.