Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

The Armchair Liturgist Greets at Mass

Greeting at Mass: let’s talk about this. My associate pastor likes to make a thing of it before the ritual greeting after the Entrance Song. This morning at Mass, the choir director invited visiting alumni to stand and be noticed. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: A Last Optional Word

At PrayTell, they are discussing an introduction to the Mass of the day. I’m not a fan of the practice. But as an alternative, what do you make of an introduction back into the world for worshipers? After the Mass announcements … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Praying for Clergy at Mass

Catholics who pay attention know that in the Eucharistic Prayer, the pope and bishop are prayed for by name. In GIA’s 1979 collection for the “Ecumenical Daily Prayer,” Praise God in Song, a number of good intercessions are provided for … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Announcing Psalmody

I recently fielded a request from one of the parish pianists: (One) parishioner (as others have in the past) wondered why we don’t announce the (hymnal) page number for the Psalm of the day. She feels that people would be … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Who Makes Announcements?

The topic of announcements at Mass usually centers on when. For a change, I’d like to change it up and suggest you sit in the purple chair and render judgment on who. A few years ago, my parish switched from … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Women at the Doors

We encourage our hospitality ministers to stand outside the church doors before Mass to welcome worshipers. One of my people reported her sense that some of our older parishioners–men mainly–seemed less comfortable with a woman holding the door for them. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Hymns of the Day

Many modern Catholic hymnals include a section listing “Hymns of the Day.” What are these? Supposedly, there is to be found in the repertoire a congregational hymn that fits well with one or more of the readings of the day. … Continue reading

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