Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

The Armchair Liturgist: Groundhogs, Candles, or Crêpes?

How do you observe the turning point of winter, the Feast of the Presentation, or Pancake Day? It’s a holy enough day to bump an ordinary Sunday, but not to compel midweek Mass attendance. To me that suggests just another … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Readings, Long or Short?

Did you notice a longer or shorter Gospel reading this past weekend? In my last parish, the pastor preferred long versions whenever there was a choice. In my new parish, it’s up to each of our retired priests, as far … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Harvest Decorations

In the northern hemisphere, it is harvest time in rural areas. Depending on the crop, of course. For art & environment groups in parishes, it is time to roll in seasonal decorations. What I’ve seen in parishes for the last … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: eBooks at Mass

With a side theme of the recent discussion at PrayTell about the Book of the Chair, I was surprised this topic never came up for the purple armchair: electronic books for Mass, Lectionary, Missal, and even music. What do you … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Scheduling Funerals

At my last parish, when we had a rare funeral, daily Mass at noon would be “cancelled,” and people were invited to worship at 11am, 10:30, or the late morning time when we scheduled with the family and funeral home. … Continue reading

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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? … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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