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David Martin wrote:

Hi, guys —

Would you happen to know the postal or e-mail address for the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff?

Thank you.

David Martin

  { How do I get in touch with the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff? }

Richard replied:

Hi, David —

The 2009 Catholic Almanac has this address:

Office for Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff
Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano

They run the details of the Pope's public liturgies, especially those in Rome.

The director whose title is Master of Ceremonies — is Monsignor Guido Marini, and he's been in office since 2007 and has helped to restore some more traditional elements to papal Masses,
in accord with Pope Benedict's vision for the liturgy.

Richard Chonak

David replied:

Thank you.

David Martin

Mike replied:

Just to add to what Richard has said:

Monsignor Guido Marini and/or Monsignor Mark Miles are the two people you always see assisting the Holy Father at all his Masses. Monsignor Guido Marini does everything from guiding the Holy Father through the crowds to holding the Sacramentary or Lectionary as the Holy Father celebrates Holy Mass. Monsignor Mark Miles is Pope Francis' personal translator.

Monsignor Marini is also the one that decides who will and will not be able to receive Holy Communion from the Pope.

Dave sent me his newsletter where he quoted part of an interview with Monsignor Guido Marini and L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, on June 26, 2008. It said:

According to Vatican liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope wants Catholics to kneel for Communion because it:

"highlights the truth of the real presence in the Eucharist, helps the devotion of the faithful, and introduces the sense of mystery more easily."

(L'Osservatore Romano, June 26, 2008)

He said It is urgent to highlight and recover these aspects of the sacredness and mystery of the Eucharist in modern times.

Marini who is master of papal liturgical ceremonies also told L'Osservatore Romano that receiving the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling before the pope will become the norm at papal liturgies.

Richard send me a similar posting from the blog Rorate Coeli where it said:

In today's edition of Italian daily Il Giornale, religious journalist Andrea Tornielli brings the news that several propositions [have been] approved by the plenary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (reserved session held on March 12, 2009) regarding several reforms of the new Mass of Paul VI. Full translation below:

ROME — The document was delivered to the hands of Benedict XVI in the morning of last April 4 by Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. It is the result of a reserved vote, which took place on March 12, in the course of a "plenary" session of the dicastery responsible for the liturgy, and it represents the first concrete step towards that "reform of the reform" often desired by Pope Ratzinger. The Cardinals and Bishops members of the Congregation voted almost unanimously in favor of:

  • a greater [sacrality|sacralization] of the rite
  • the recovery of the sense of eucharistic worship
  • the recovery of the Latin language in the celebration, and
  • the remaking of the introductory parts of the Missal in order to put a stop to abuses, wild experimentations, and inappropriate creativity.

They have also declared themselves favorable to reaffirm that the usual way of receiving Communion according to the norms is not on the hand, but in the mouth.

There is, it is true, an indult which, on request of the [local] episcopates, allows for the distribution of the host [sic] also on the palm of the hand, but this must remain an extraordinary fact.

I thought our visitors would be interested in both the e-mails Dave and Richard sent me.
Kudos to both of you : )

Quotes from His Holiness Pope Benedict  XVI:

"Kneeling in adoration before the Eucharist is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and today."

"We Christians kneel before the Blessed Sacrament because, therein, we know and believe to be the presence of the One True God." (May 22, 2008)


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