Category Archives: The Armchair Liturgist

The Armchair Liturgist: Veil Or Not

Veiling statues, images, and crosses was once commonplace in Catholicism for Holy Week and the week before. For the US, it is not mandated. But a few places do it, as a nod to traditional practice. Render judgment from the purple armchair … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Cuing Passion Responses

PrayTell is discussing the theoretical role for the assembly in the Passion narratives of Palm Sunday and Good Friday. That’s explored territory on this blog. Liam offered a significant contribution, though: What happens when the assembly is given a “part” … Continue reading

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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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