I noticed a change that started during this Holy Week liturgies. As you face the altar in our church, the lectern (hoping for correct terminology here) is on your left. This is where the readings, Gospel and homily are proclaimed. To the right of the altar (as you face it) is the stand used by our cantor(s) who lead us in songs and sung/chanted responses.
Before this week, the cantor(s) did the psalm response from the right side (same as for the rest of their participation in mass).
This week however, instead, they crossed from their seats on that side, bowed as they passed in front of the altar and then did the psalm from the left side (lectern?). During the Easter Vigil, I noticed they also led the gospel alleluia from there.
I'm just curious if the change was due to holy week, a decision for a style change, or one made based on instruction/clarification/recommendation of our bishop (who is fairly new to our diocese).
I'm not upset, offended, put out, or disturbed - just curious :D
It seems to me to be logical that all parts of the Liturgy of the Word should be done in the same place, on the other hand, having them cross the church to reach the lecern, reduces the seamlessness that had been present when the psalm started immediately upon the return of the lector to their seat. :shrug:
Anyway, looking forward to any replies! Happy Easter, everyone!