This Penitential Act Prelude at the Foot of the Altar has some visual pizazz!
The current Penitential Act with its multiple options is very weak and visually uninspiring. It is sterile.
I've posted before that the Penitential Act should be a prelude before the Mass, like, let me see, the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar and that we could, let me see, use the "Requiem version" of the 1962 missal which eliminates Psalm 42 and maybe revise the Confiteor to the current one or simply keep the other one with Sts. Peter and Paul in it and add "in what I have failed to do." Then after this, the "Official Introit" would be chanted as the priest, now cleansed of sin, approaches the altar and kisses it. He may also incense it before going to his chair to preside for the singing of the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect and with the greeting "The Lord be with you" immediately prior to the Collect. It seems so traditional to do it this way, no?
PENITENTIAL ACT PRELUDE AT THE FOOT OF THE ALTAR:
P. IN THE NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
V: I will go in unto the Altar of God.
R: To God, Who gives joy to my youth.
A. I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you brothers and sisters, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word and deed, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do: through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray to the Lord our God for me.
V.May Almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to life everlasting.
V. You will turn, O God, and bring us to life.
R. And your people shall rejoice in Thee.
V. Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
R. And grant us your salvation.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto You.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit
V. Let us pray:
Priest in silent voice prays as he approaches the altar:
Take away from us our iniquities, we entreat Thee, O Lord, that with pure minds we may worthily enter into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Priest kisses the altar and in silent voice prays:
We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wilt deign to pardon me all my sins. Amen
If incense is used, the altar is incensed with its crucifix. Then the priest goes to his chair for the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect.