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What is a "Master of Ceremonies"?

Q. What is a “Master of Ceremonies” for the Mass, and why do we need one?

A. A good Master of Ceremonies is worth his weight in gold, especially if the liturgy is somewhat complicated or solemn, as is the case for confirmations, ordinations, the services of Holy Week and various large concelebrations. The “Emcee” is in charge of directing and coordinating all the ministers of the liturgy so that the overall effect will be pious, reverent, elegant, and beautiful. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Emcees of our parish; without them, some liturgical celebrations could easily become chaotic.

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