Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

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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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, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing New Hymnals

How do new hymnals in a parish get introduced? Fund-raising campaign? Negotiation with the finance committee? Your people come to Mass one weekend, and surprise! New books. Some of you may know the Book of Blessings provides for the blessing … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Slowing Prayers

The Benedictine monks at St Martin’s Abbey have a careful pace to the psalms and certain texts, like the Lord’s Prayer. I was caught a few times, but even in a smallish community of twenty-something, it’s easy to get back … Continue reading

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