Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

The Armchair Liturgist Seats Latecomers To Mass

On a friend’s facebook feed, I noted a link this op-ed from last month’s edition of US Catholic. I confess I don’t get trussed up about people arriving late for Mass. I commented on the link that (I think) I experienced … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Starting a Wedding Liturgy

With wedding season in full flower, how about some questions about the Rite of Matrimony? In my current parish, the pastor emeritus gave couples the option of making a brief welcoming statement after the entrance procession. It’s still on the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Colors For Choirs

At choir practice last night, a few members asked me about what to wear at Mass this coming weekend. I don’t like advising people on fashion, but as you might suspect, the question of color came up. Again. I hope … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Forgets To Light Candles

Things get busy at a parish before a weekend Mass. Every so often, something gets missed. I’m sure your parish never has to trouble over this problem, but what would you do if the sacristan forgot to light the candles … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Greater Works On Mother’s Day

If your parish has a lot of funerals, today’s and Sunday’s Gospel may be the most proclaimed reading you offer at Mass. Funeral celebrants don’t get to this piece in verse 12, which has made me wonder since my college … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Provides the Order of Mass

PrayTell discusses college student assessments of Sunday worship. One comment from one you know well: It’s why the Order of the Mass should always be available and easy to find. Failing to do that is a signal failure of hospitality. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Cremation Terminology

Words mean a lot, especially to a liturgist. Your opinion, dwellers in the purple chair, on the portmanteau “cremains.” Would you use it, discourage it, or ban it? If one of the latter two, any notion of a replacement?

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