The Armchair Liturgist Huddles Up Before Mass

I was reading a liturgy commentary that came out earlier this year. The issue has come up in a few of my parishes over the years. What do you think of the practice of liturgical ministers–musicians, servers, Communion ministers, lectors, and clergy encircling themselves in the choir area or narthex or somewhere public and praying before Mass?

The point of the commentary I read was something like “Isn’t this exclusive, separating out those servants of liturgy from the masses in the pews?” One music director I worked with in Iowa did huddle up about ten minutes before Mass after the pre-liturgy warm-ups. Then they offered one another peace. But I lauded her policy that choir members did not repeat the gesture of peace to one another after the Lord’s Prayer. They made a point of cycling around the nearby chairs and pews.

Sit in the purple chair, friends and readers, and offer your ruling: to huddle or not to huddle?

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