The Armchair Liturgist: Clergy Out Front?

At PrayTell, check out a discussion on holding doors for people on the outside of the church building.

But here’s a question for you armchair liturgists: do you recommend your clergy–priests and deacons–greet people *before Mass* like Chuck Middendorf’s pastor?

Our pastor greets everyone outside: rain or wind or snow, assisted by one regular doorman. 30 minutes before Mass.

Parishioners love it. The pastor meets visitors. Learns parish news. Win win for everyone.

Plus a priest in his chasuble is the best free advertising in a busy downtown community.



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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Clergy Out Front?

  1. charlesincenca says:

    No, and no again.
    Despite the good intentions of such a strategy, it not only undermines a priest (who gives the due respect) preparing himself, being responsible for insuring sacristans and acolytes and utensils, in point of fact as oft times they aren’t, are in place and ready. Secondly, if there is one role the laity can effect that is in “the spirit of V2,” it is that of hospitality at the door, whether by a trained usher, someone trained to be hospitable, or parishioners who simply and with ease show welcome to both stranger and friend.
    Priest/Celebrants need to be present as “regular folk” after “Deo gratias.”

  2. Mary says:

    A pastor will be out greeting his sheep, and finding out about the joys and sorrows in their lives since he saw them last. A cleric will be inside, fussing about the bits and pieces are all in their rite places. I know which I’d prefer to have as a parish priest.

  3. Jim McCrea says:

    Who cares when so long as it is done?

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