Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

The Armchair Liturgist: Hosts in the Tabernacle

Some parishes keep a large supply at hand. Occasionally, a sacristan miscalculates for an event like a wedding, a funeral, or when a sporting event draws attention away from Mass attendance. How much is too much? Too little? Be an armchair … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: First Penitents Only?

I noticed at PrayTell a thread on First Confessions and how people do it, hopefully differently from one example given in the in-box there. The correspondent reports one First Penance liturgy being kid-sinners only–no family members. Sit in the purple … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Collecting For Ash Wednesday?

Discussion at PrayTell here about whether Mass is really necessary or good on tomorrow’s observance. But I ask you to consider something more pragmatic: should you take up a collection on Ash Wednesday?

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The Armchair Liturgist: Inviting the General Intercession Response

At my parish, both resident and student parishioners are invited to write the Sunday prayers. This month, one of our writers asked me if we ever invite a response other than, “Lord, hear our prayer.” We don’t change the response … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Empties The Font … Maybe

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Ash Wednesday is less than two weeks away. Someone on PrayTell mentioned a practice of emptying the font during Lent–but keeping holy water in the sconces at the door. Wouldn’t work at my … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Sprinkling Rite Outside of Easter

PrayTell posted video of that Orthodox priest sprinkling with gusto. Will many Catholic parishes be sprinkling this Sunday, though without this much vigor? Sit in the purple chair and render judgment on the question: How often would your parish sprinkle instead … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Communicating With Lectors

This weekend’s feast gives a choice of readings. The 1998 Lectionary added options for years B and C. We’re in the former of those cycles, but the A readings are still a possibility. (Check the USCCB site for them.) This … Continue reading

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