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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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The Armchair Liturgist: Easter Octave Extras

In the Easter Octave, there are a few extra pieces. Extra, in the sense of these not being the usual part of a weekday Mass. The Gloria and the Sequence were sung at the student Thursday night Mass last night. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Reminds Liturgical Ministers

One or two of my colleagues think I pamper my liturgical ministers. A person in an important role in worship should not need a reminder. But on the sign-up forms, we give them an opportunity to check a box that … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Stations of the Cross

The pastor forwarded an email from one of our students asking about Friday stations during Lent. Are they “traditional,” we were asked. Does a priest lead them? Good questions. What constitutes a “traditional” way of the cross? For many people, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Displays The Book of the Elect

My parish displays the Book of the Elect each Lent. Not every parish utilizes this book beyond sending to Election or the Rite of Election itself. Once in a parish, we had the book of the deceased out in November, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Distributors of Ashes

The Big Day is only a week away. My schedulers leave our four Ash Wednesday Masses blank, so the more enthusiastic liturgical ministers get duty, as I post on Facebook, send emails, and they ask me at Mass. One duty not on … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Entry Into a Year-Long Catechumenate

My parish’s RCIA director has two people new to the Church entering the catechumenate this weekend. We will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance, always one of my favorite rituals, at 10:30 Mass tomorrow. These folks will be in the catechumenate … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Presidential Chair in a Small Chapel

I‘ve noticed at PrayTell they have a variation on the Armchair Liturgist feature, non solum, to discuss optional matters of liturgy and worship. I like this series so far. Here’s a good issue to discuss while sitting in the armchair … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Arm Gestures For Prayers

Just got back from a simply lovely wedding: an older couple in their thirties, very faith-filled. Some non-Catholics attending. The leader of the prayers of the faithful was a young lady, perhaps ten-ish. I noticed at the rehearsal last night … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Gestures of Blessing

At the end of every college semester, we call up graduates-to-be for a blessing before the dismissal rites. It’s been a fairly common, if not near-universal practice in parishes for the clergy to invite the entire assembly to “make a … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Ministers Praying Before Mass

I confess copying a topic from PrayTell. I have never had good fruitfulness with the effort of gathering liturgical ministers before Mass. In one parish, I had to actively discourage it, as one priest liked to have “wrestling matches” with … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Celebrates the Last Sunday in October

This weekend is “Priesthood Sunday.” Is your parish doing anything about it? Check Archbishop Gregory’s thoughts on it. I found a parish in which the pastor wrote up something big in the church bulletin last weekend. Is that kind of … Continue reading

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