For many years, I have wondered why Eucharistic Prayer IV is so rarely used?
It beautifully expresses God's love for us, and His determination throughout history to bring us to salvation. I think it better conveys a sense of salvific history than the other Eucharistic prayers.
Yet, I can't recall ever hearing it used in a Mass (and I'm 44 years old).
I'm interested in our readers' opinion as to why that might be. According to this Zenit FAQ, Eucharistic Prayer IV may be used during Ordinary Time -- but it would be extraordinary if it were, at least in my Diocese. I have wondered if it is considered by too many priests to be overly "patriarchial" due to the frequent appearance of words like "men" and "man."