|Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations|
|Appointed||1 October 2007|
|Ordination||4 February 1989
by Giovanni Canestri
|Born||31 January 1965|
Monsignor Guido Marini (born 31 January 1965) is a Roman Catholic priest, currently serving as the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations. He was appointed to this post on 1 October 2007, replacing Piero Marini (no relation). He previously served as chief liturgist for the Archdiocese of Genoa.
Marini was ordained on 4 February 1989 by Cardinal Giovanni Canestri. He earned a BA in the psychology of communication in early 2007 from the Pontifical Salesian University in addition to an earlier JUD, a degree in both canon and civil law, from the Pontifical Lateran University
From 1988 to 2003 he served as secretary to the cardinal archbishops of Genoa Canestri (until 1995), Tettamanzi (until 2002) and Bertone.
From 1996 to 2001 served on the presybteral council. He was appointed chancellor of the diocese in 2005. In 2004 he was appointed spiritual director of the Seminary in Genoa.
In a speech given in January 2010 Marini supported calls in the church for a "reform of the reform" of liturgy. He said during the talk, "For some years now, several voices have been heard within church circles talking about the necessity of a new liturgical renewal," adding that a new renewal movement would be "capable of operating a reform of the reform, or rather, move one more step ahead in understanding the authentic spirit of the liturgy and its celebration," he said.
He has touched on themes such as the proper orientation in the liturgy, the primacy of Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony as a "permanent criterion" for sacred music, forms of liturgy, sacred art and architecture, receiving communion kneeling and upon the tongue, the hermeneutic of continuity, silence, and many other aspects of liturgy. Marini, following his appointment as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, restored some traditional elements of papal ceremonial. During his time as Master of Ceremonies the Papal Altar was rearranged. The seven candles and crucifix were placed in a line across the Altar rather than clustered on the sides. This arrangement has become known as the "Benedictine arrangement" and is intended to focus the ceremony more on the Crucifix than the Priest.
During his time as Master of Ceremonies Pope Benedict ceased to use the papal staff made for Paul VI, and began to use an older one made for Pius XI (pictured). Due to the weight of that staff, Benedict had his own made which is much lighter, and shares a similar style with the previous one (Pope Francis occasionally makes use of this one also in order to emphasize continuity with his predecessor). He also made decisions about the use of papal vestments at Mass and other pontifical celebrations, dressing Cardinal-Deacons in dalmatics when serving pontifical celebrations.
Italian Bishop's General Assembly 2013
On the 20th to the 24th of May 2013, the Italian Episcopal Conference had their Spring General Assembly with Pope Francis at The Vatican Basilica. During this meeting, an issue sprang up which affected Mon. Guido Marini. Domenico Padovado, the Bishop of Conversano-Monopoli, complained that traditionalists were splitting up the Church in Italy. Induced abortion, the collapse of the faith, divorce, corruption, organized crime causing suffering, etc. caused him and many other bishops of the southern Italian region of Apulia to bring this up.
According to the Pope, this meeting led them to "accuse" Mon. Marini of being a traditionalist, and demanded his immediate dismissal from the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. The Pope refused to dismiss him, and instead renewed his term, and encouraged these bishops to "put the treasure of tradition to use". He continued saying that he "prefers to have [Mon. Marini] benefit him by his traditional formation and at the same time, so he is formed in the same way by [the Pope's] emancipated formation."
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- "News Features - Catholic Culture". Cwnews.com. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- Press Office of the Holy See
- "The return of triumphalism | Fr. Z's Blog (olim: What Does The Prayer Really Say?)". Wdtprs.com. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- "CNS STORY: Papal liturgist endorses 'reform of the reform' of the liturgy". Catholicnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations
1 October 2007 - present