Saturday, April 12, 2014


I had never seen this video, but it shows you what a darn good Master of Ceremonies Msgr. Guido Marini is! What great news, and I think true liturgists around the world were praying for him wondering what Pope Francis would do to him, but Pope Francis loves this guy it turns out! I think the feeling is mutual! Msgr. Marini is a hard worker and dedicated to his ministry, his pope and holiness. He also exercises by swimming at a local Catholic University's pool. One of the priests with me on sabbatical ran or swam  into him almost every day.

Photos I took of Msgr. Marini while I was at papal Masses, prior and during! The first two are rehearsals before hand!

This is the Mass, and a glorious Roman Sunday it was, when Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Blessed Virgin Mary! I had the best seat in the whole wide world!

There is obvious warmth between Msgr. Guido Marini and Pope Francis and Msgr. Guido Marini I think has helped Pope Francis overcome some of his poor Jesuit tendencies regarding liturgy. There are no good Jesuit liturgists. To call a Jesuit a liturgist is an oxymoron!

But here is the bombshell good news from Pope Francis:

Pope Francis: Msgr. Guido Marini renewed as Master of Pontifical Ceremonies for a full new term

From Radio Vaticana:
The Pope has confirmed Monsignor Guido Marini as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Ceremonies. Born 49 years ago in Genoa, Monsignor Guido Marini had been called to this position by Benedict XVI in October 2007.

As all confirmations and nominations in the Curia or Papal Chapels, except when expressly mentioned otherwise for a different period or for life, the nomination is for a five-year term.

My Comments: Keep in mind back in February Pope Francis, echoing concerns of Pope Benedict, confirmed that the Congregation for Divine Worship should continue on the path it was on with Pope Benedict to properly implement the Second Vatican Council's Document, Sacrosanctum Concilium:

 Pope Francis has issued a message on the occasion of a symposium devoted to the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. 

Stating that the anniversary evokes “sentiments of gratitude for the profound and widespread renewal of liturgical life made possible by the conciliar Magisterium, to the glory of God and the edification of the Church,” the Pope called for a renewal in the “commitment to receive and implement” the document’s teaching in a fuller manner. 

Pope Francis said that the Constitution and the postconciliar Magisterium “have made us better understand the liturgy in light of divine revelation” and said that Christ is the protagonist of every liturgical celebration. Quoting the Constitution, Pope Francis said that “in the liturgy the whole public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and His members.” 

Citing St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Pontiff then spoke of the importance of “true spiritual worship” in which the faithful offer themselves as a living sacrifice. A liturgy “detached from spiritual worship,” he said, might seem “almost magical” and have “an empty aestheticism.” Citing Pope Benedict XVI, he added that the liturgy transforms Christians from within. 

At the conclusion of his message, which was addressed to the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Pope Francis called for “a renewed willingness to move forward on the path indicated by the conciliar fathers, because much still remains to be done for a correct and complete assimilation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.”


Anonymous said...

Hopefully Guido Marini will have A LOT more say in what goes on at the next WYD in Krakow!! Really glad he was renewed, thanks be to God!

Tom Piatak said...

You've been calling this right, Father. The Pope clearly likes Msgr. Marini.

Anonymous said...

"To call a Jesuit a liturgist is an oxymoron!"

Actually, now-Bishop Michael Barber, a Jesuit, celebrated the liturgy wonderfully. I saw him say Mass while still he was still a priest about a year and a half ago, as he was visiting the parish we went to. I had no idea he'd become a bishop at the time, but the Church needs more bishops like him.

Dan Z said...

Thank you Pope Francis!!!

Charles G said...

Love that video clip!

Anonymous said...

"Praytell speechless." Love that!

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