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Guido Marini

Guido Marini
Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations
Appointed 1 October 2007
Predecessor Piero Marini
Ordination 4 February 1989
by Giovanni Canestri
Personal details
Born (1965-01-31) 31 January 1965
Nationality Italian (Genoese)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater

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.[1]


  • Priesthood 1
    • Papal conclave 2013 1.1
  • Papal Mass 2
  • Works 3
  • References 4


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.[2]

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.

Marini serving the Inauguration of Pope Francis

Marini has received praise for returning traditional elements of the church's liturgical history to the papal Masses and other liturgical celebrations.

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.[3]

In May 2010, Marini celebrated Mass ad orientem at the altar of Mary Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Papal conclave 2013

As Master of Ceremonies, Marini, while not a cardinal-elector, had duties during the 2013 sede vacante and at the 2013 conclave which elected Pope Francis. On March 11, the day before the conclave, at a ceremony presided over by the Camerlengo Tarcisio Bertone, Marini himself led the non-cardinal officials, support staff and other non-elector personnel with duties in the conclave in taking an absolute oath of secrecy pertaining to the conclave.[4][5][6][7] On the opening day of the conclave itself, after the cardinal-electors had taken the electors' oath in the Sistine Chapel, it was Marini who called out the command "Extra omnes" (Everybody out) and closed the chapel doors once the outsiders had left the chapel.[8]

Papal Mass

Guido Marini assisting at a Papal Mass

Marini helped organise the liturgical ceremony of 13 January 2008 at which, for the first time in thirty years, the Pope celebrated Mass publicly ad orientem.

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".

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.


  • Liturgical Reflections of a Papal Master of Ceremonies, 2011


  1. ^ "News Features - Catholic Culture". 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  2. ^ Press Office of the Holy See
  3. ^ "CNS STORY: Papal liturgist endorses 'reform of the reform' of the liturgy". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  4. ^ No. 46-48 English text"Normas Nonnullas". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Non-voting participants in conclave take oath of secrecy (Television production) (in Italian and English). Rome: Rome Reports. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Conclave oath of secrecy (Television production) (in Italian). Rome: Catholic News Service. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Notificazione Giuramento degli Officiali e addetti al Conclave (Oath of the Officials and the Employees at the Conclave)" (in Italian). Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Procession and entrance in Conclave (Television production) (in Italian). Rome: Centro Televisivo Vaticano. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Piero Marini
Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations
1 October 2007 - present
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