66. According to IG 111, "All concerned should work in harmony and diligence in the effective preparation of each liturgical celebration in accord with the liturgical books as to its rites, pastoral aspects, and music. They should work under the direction of the rector of the church ..."
67. According to IG 106, at least in cathedrals and major churches, there should be a Master of Ceremonies who is assigned responsibility for planning and carrying out the services properly.
68. For a bishop's Mass, "a master of ceremonies is needed"
(CB 34). "He should seek to ensure an observance of liturgical
laws..." (CB 34). "In due time he should arrange with
cantors, assistants, ministers, and celebrants the actions to
be carried out and texts to be used, but during the celebration
he should exercise the greatest discretion: he is not to speak
more than is necessary, nor replace the deacons or assistants
at the side of the celebrant." (CB 35). The Master of Ceremonies
wears either an alb or a cassock and surplice. If he is a deacon,
he may wear a dalmatic and the other vestments of the deacon.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 18 March 2002. Last updated 15 April 2002.