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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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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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