The Armchair Liturgist: Short Passions?

It’s been a few decades since I was in a parish that used missalettes during Holy Week, so I had nearly forgotten that there’s an option for a “shorter” Passion narrative. You can probably guess my personal assessment of the possibility, but sit in the purple chair and weigh in on the point. Is there ever a time when short is the way to go?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Short Passions?

  1. Liam says:

    Absent genuine need, just say no. I’ve certainly known many parishes that change their Sunday morning Mass schedules on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday to accommodate longer services and an orderly outflow-inflow of congregants and their vehicles. Announcements, big posters on the doors (BIG posters of the changes in the schedule), et cet. It was dicier in the years when either Sunday coincided with the shift to Daylight Time.

  2. Mary says:

    Maybe if you’re living under Penal Laws, and really do need to make it quick.

    (Not the case in any English-speaking countries for the last 100+ years as far as I know, but some people are slow to catch on!)

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