Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Monsignor Marini on Papal Liturgy



Monsignor Guido Marini is 45 years old and has been Papal Master of Ceremonies since October of 2007. It is a delicate job keeping in mind that the careful attention to liturgy one of the core elements of Benedict XVI's pontificate.

Mons. Guido Marini
Master of Ceremonies Benedict XVI
“I think the pope's attention to the liturgy, his lessons in this environment and his example, help many priests and many Catholics to rediscover the central value of the liturgy for the life of the Church and for the life of each person.”

According to the Papal Master of Ceremonies, the liturgy is not an area only reserved for experts. But he notes that Catholics need help to understand the full meaning of the liturgical symbols and gestures.

Mons. Guido Marini
Master of Ceremonies Benedict XVI
“The liturgy has a popular dimension that should be preserved because through the liturgy we find ourselves with the mystery of God. There the mystery of salvation it is made real for the life of each person. So it is important to prepare people so they can read the gestures and symbols of the liturgy.”

In recent years, Benedict XVI has brought back some traditional liturgical elements that were rarely used. For example, the presence of the crucifix in the center of the altar or the receiving communion on the knees. They are gestures the pope has explained as the so-called “hermeneutic of continuity.”

Mons. Guido Marini
Master of Ceremonies Benedict XVI
“The hermeneutics of continuity highlights that in the life of the Church there is an authentic growth in the way in which they don't cut the roots so that this development includes the richness of its history and tradition.”

He says that for now it is not expected that the pope will celebrate a mass according to rites prior to the Second Vatican Council.

Monsignor Marini regularly receives instructions from the pope, but the office of liturgical ceremonies also proposes elements
for each celebration.

Mons. Guido Marini
Master of Ceremonies Benedict XVI
“In addition to putting into practice the instructions of the pope, we suggest some liturgical elements. He decides whether to accept them or not. It's to say, in every ceremony there are instructions from the Holy Father and suggestions presented by our department.”

In any case, since the pope has written many works on the liturgy, from his time as a cardinal, for the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations, it is very easy to know what the pope expects of every celebration. In other words, that the celebration helps draw people closer to the mystery of God.
from Rome Reports

6 comments:

motuproprio said...

"He says that for now it is not expected that the pope will celebrate a mass according to rites prior to the Second Vatican Council."
I guess that's the news that will cause most disappointment.

georgem said...

A future papabile?

Physiocrat said...

"He says that for now it is not expected that the pope will celebrate a mass according to rites prior to the Second Vatican Council."

The development of the liturgy cannot move "backwards". The recent and welcome revival of the EF mass is in an important sense something new. The task is go back to the point when the wrong road was taken and take the path from there.

Ma Tucker said...

Much as I would love to see him use the older form I'm sure the Pope knows exactly what he is doing. From his writings it is quite clear what he thinks. Being Pope must be a heavy strain and he is required to consider the predicament of many souls in many degrees of conversion.
Pray for him.

pelerin said...

How delightful to see Mgr Marini smile in the film clip. He looked so much younger. Because of his position we normally only see him poker-faced at Papal ceremonies where his severe face gives nothing away.

Georgem's comment is food for thought although please God not yet.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

In God's time we'll get a Papal Pontifical High Mass