Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

The Armchair Liturgist Wonders About Good Friday Catechumens

Here’s a possible typo in MR3. I know others have commented on the few references to those to be baptized as “catechumens” when in fact those to be baptized tomorrow night are the “elect.” It might be that the Church … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Ready With Violet Veils?

I was thinking last week that I really need to take a jug of iced tea on a sunny day, sit in my backyard, and read MR3 through cover to cover. Anybody done that yet? The reading of the MR3, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Candles for St Blase

Maybe this is a few days late, but when our associate pastor asked about candles for this past Friday’s blessing of throats, I mentioned those specialized, pretzelized concoctions: And my colleague said, no, just the plain two candles, please. We … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Continuity for the First Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Liam offers another armchair liturgist bit for us today: Studying my new daily missal for the coming week, I see that it provides that, when the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on Monday, as it is this year in … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Ponders Epiphany

Liam suggested I pose some armchair questions for you liturgists-to-be: The new Missal, finally, contains propers for the Vigil of Epiphany. The readings (including the psalm) are the same for the Vigil and the Day. The collects, offertory prayer and … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: How Many Altar Servers Are Enough?

Back at our old parish Saturday night, the young miss commented that she missed being an altar server. It’s been three-and-a-half years, and she’s still thinking about that? Some of my readers here know my current parish does not have … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Eliciting MR3 Pew Responses

My favorite MR3 response: And also with your spirit. No really. I’ve said that more than the old and the new combined. My wife reports she got a dirty look (?!) for uttering “and also with you” out of step … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Considers Sing-Along Priests

I had a chat today with our associate pastor. He reported that at a diocesan workshop, the clergy were discouraged from singing the Mystery of Faith with the people. That got me thinking about the rubrics in the Order of … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Announces Moveable Feasts

Anybody seen and planning on using the Announcement of Easter and the Moveable Feasts? If you were the liturgist, would you implement it? Or is it too high-churchy for your faith community? How frequently do you suppose monasteries and other … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Running On or Careful Spacing

I once worked with a priest who liked one part of the Mass to flow seamlessly into the other. He would often roll smoothly from the  opening dialogue into the penitential rite. Another preference was to begin the Creed while … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Multiple Infant Baptisms at Liturgy

My personal record on this front would be my very first day on the job as a full-time liturgist. Second Sunday of the month, and a growing parish I commenced serving had nineteen infant baptisms at its 12:30 (non-Eucharistic) liturgy. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Speaks in Tongues on Pentecost

One less than optimal idea I encountered was to render the first reading in multiple languages simultaneously until the point where everyone spoke “each one heard them speaking in his own language” in English. Then it was a choral reading … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Songs on a Wall

Deacon Greg Kandra gives a thumbs down to projecting music on a wall at liturgy. Not every church is arranged for this to work. Some places like my parish are arranged antiphonally and there is no optimal space to project … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Choir Summer Vacation

Pretty sure I’ve posted on this question before, but what are people doing if you give your choir time off in the summer? With Easter quite late this year, Pentecost moves to the Sunday before Father’s Day. The cultural summer … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Kneeling Communicants

Here’s one that came up recently in my parish. What to do when a non-parishioner family or two who worship at one daily Mass insist on kneeling to receive Communion after the pastor has requested they not do so? If … Continue reading

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