This error, introduced into the thinking of the priests and of the faithful, is already hidden at the very beginning of the Holy Mass. When the priest ascends the steps of the Altar, his face and his thoughts are directed towards people, and not towards God, to Whom he is coming. The greetings that the priest addresses to the faithful should be entirely directed to God, because he did not come here to meet with people, but with God. I repeat it again because it is very important. To obtain forgiveness and graces for people, the priest must be staring at God and be aware that for his love directed towards God, God will give him graces for the people, and not the other way around. Therefore, greetings should be left until after the Holy Mass, and God should be first. Due to such proceedings of the priests, man also believes that the Holy Mass is for him and that he is the most important in the Church. He expects to be called upon, while God has to wait quietly during this time until the proper liturgy begins, which still does not give the possibility to address man. In order to understand this, we should remember the liturgy of the Tridentine Holy Mass, where the priest, proceeding to the Altar, already addressed God with words of Psalms. While approaching the holy site, he entrusted his soul to God in deep humility. When will he find time for this now?
Translated from : Tajemnica Mszy świętej według św. Ojca Pio na podstawie Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2013, p. 28-29 –