GIRM 44: Decorous Processions

A quick note on processions:

44. Among gestures are included also actions and processions, by which the Priest, with the Deacon and ministers, goes to the altar; the Deacon carries the Evangeliary or Book of the Gospels to the ambo before the proclamation of the Gospel; the faithful bring up the gifts and come forward to receive Communion. It is appropriate that actions and processions of this sort be carried out with decorum while the chants proper to them are sung, in accordance with the norms laid down for each.

These processions by ministers do require a basic choreography of movement. A minister who feels awkward or clumsy about these actions could do much worse than to consult a dancer for suggestions on carrying the body, doing something with hands and feet, and smoothing over difficult aspects. Such choreography is dependent on the actual architecture of an individual church, as well as the individual style of the person involved.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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