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The Armchair Liturgist Addresses Connecticut

The General Intercessions/Prayers of the Faithful/Prayer Petitions/Universal Prayer continue to be a liturgical locus where the universal and the personal and the places in between get a bit blurred as they stir and mix together. The relevant sections of the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Ponders the Gloria at Wedding Masses

By now, many clergy and wedding musicians are familiar with the expanded prescriptions of the Gloria, including its provision in ritual Masses, including weddings, and even on a Lent or Advent weekday. I had a wedding Mass this past weekend … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Announces Music

If you’re in a parish that has long announced the liturgical music for people to sing, perhaps you find it a difficult locus for renewal. In my current parish, a choir member invites people to stand and greet. After about … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Celebrates Immaculate Conception on Saturday

Spending a chunk of office time earlier today setting up the liturgical schedule on the parish calendar, I noted that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception falls on Saturday. In my parish, this puts us in a bit of a … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: A Ritual Skip

This is one for the clergy in the reading audience, mainly. But anyone, feel free to chime in. At the end of the preparation rites, just before the preface dialogue, the musician(s) wake up (or sleep walk) and start up … Continue reading

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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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