Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

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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The Armchair Liturgist Silences Cell Phones

The songleader was responsible for this announcement when I arrived at my new parish. “Please silence or mute your phones before Mass begins.” For Advent, we cut all announcements and went right to the music. I haven’t returned the notice. Parishioners … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Sung Intercessions At Scrutinies

The occasional music director gets a request for something like this. We covered the scrutinies here years ago. Here is the discussion on the intercessions. The North American Forum promoted a deeper experience of these. These RCIA petitions are not … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Litany of Saints

How often does your parish sing the Litany of the Saints? Easter Vigil, check, because everybody does it and you did it for the last sixty years. Baptisms outside of Mass, but anybody ever do it when an infant is … Continue reading

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