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Master of Ceremonies continued.
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Having seen a little of some of the essential qualities of a good MC, it is now time to look at the practical role of the MC during the ceremony itself. To be able to fill the role of MC properly, one must study all the necessary rubrics (the rules relating to the actions of the Mass.) This is of utmost importance since it is impossible to direct without having depth of knowledge to do so. Before Mass it is the duty of the MC to arrive in good time

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Master of Ceremonies continued.
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Last week we took our first look at the MC, and this week we will continue looking at some of the aspects to a good MC! It is often said that a good MC is invisible! This may seem a bit contradictory considering he is supposed to be in charge of the proceedings! However, to be invisible is extremely important to the smooth flowing of the ceremony. The Mass is the unbloody sacrifice of Calvary, and nothing should distract from this. Hence it is, that

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Master of Ceremonies.
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Today we take our first look at the role of Master of Ceremonies, commonly known as MC. The MC is so called, because he is in complete charge of the ceremony. The liturgical writers mention many attributes which an MC must posses, but perhaps the most important of these is humility. If the MC is a layman, as is the common custom in parish churches, this must be especially practiced by the MC. The reason for this is simple and clear: as MC, he is

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Crossbearer
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The crossbearer's role is the simplest of the roles upon the altar. However,  it is placed above the role of acolyte, as it is the crossbearer who bears the image of Christ. The processional cross is one of the marks of the Pontifical Mass.  Indeed, in the older rubrics books, this was almost the only time when the processional cross would appear! At other non-pontifical events, it is the role of the Subdeacon to bear the cross during processions.

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Boat Bearer
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The boat bearer, more commonly known as "the boat boy", is in charge of bringing the incense to and from the altar alongside the thurifer who brings the thurible. The name has its origin in history, as the incense containers were shaped in the form of a boat. This continues the image of the incense being a type of our prayer ascending to God. Just as the Church is the ship guiding us to Heaven, so the incense, as our prayer, is brought in the boat

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Calling interested boys and men from age 5. Would you like the privilege of serving the traditional Mass at the Altar of God? You will be amazed at the variety of roles necessary. Watch at close hand. No experience necessary.

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