Quite possibly in your conversations you have heard this complaint or even, possibly, you have made this comment regarding a priest of the parish.
The truth is that each priest has his own personality, his own way of communicating the gospel message and his way of celebrating the Mass. Here in our parish we have the blessing of having several priests who celebrate the Mass for us and with us. I say we have the blessing because there are many other parishes that do not have a priest or only have one. Since we have several priests in our parish, it is easy for us to identify with one more than with another or to compare the different priests in the way they preside over the liturgy.
The role of the priest in the Eucharist is central, so much so that he is called the “president” because he is the one who presides, he is the one who guides the Eucharist. As a priest, I can tell you that this role places a great weight on the priest's shoulders because, although the Eucharistic Liturgy does not depend entirely on the priest, his performance does have a lot of weight in the celebration environment.
Fortunately, the celebration and atmosphere of the liturgy do not depend solely on the performance of the priest. The beauty of a Eucharistic celebration also depends on the ministers who assist the priest: the ushers, the lectors, the choir, the ministers of the Eucharist, the acolytes, and above all of the assembly, that is, each one of you.
In fact, in 1958 there was a gathering of bishops from around the world with the Pope. That meeting was called the Second Vatican Council, and from this meeting came some documents that have shaped the current church. One of those documents is entitled Sacrosanctum Concilium (The Sacred Council) and this document is about a reform that took place in the liturgical celebration of the church. Before this council, the priest celebrated the Mass only in the Latin language and the people did not have the opportunity to participate in the liturgy more than with their presence alone. They could neither respond, sing, read, or give communion, or anything that we now have the blessing to do. This document sets the tone for all the faithful, that is, all of you, to participate in the liturgy. The document says the following: “Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people (1 Pet. 2:9; cf. 2:4-5).” (SC # 14)
Then, bearing in mind that the church document invites us ALL to participate in the liturgy FULLY (that is, with our whole being), CONSCIOUSLY (being present physically with our mind and our heart in the celebration), AND ACTIVELY (singing, responding, praying, receiving communion, listening attentively), the celebration does not only depend on the priest.
If at some point you still think that the priest is boring, let us think that the priest may also think that the assembly is boring if you do not do what you have to do in the liturgy.
Fr. Manuel Rosiles, MSpS