Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2011 / 16:05 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Msgr. Guido Marini, the master of ceremonies for papal liturgies, spoke of Pope Benedict XVI’s loving concern for detail in the celebration of the Mass.
The Pope takes great care to “develop the liturgy as the celebration of the mystery of Christ,” and “often repeats that the liturgy is the Church’s greatest act of adoration,” Msgr. Marini told CNA on Oct. 28.
He said the Pope believes it is very important to contemplate the crucifix during the celebration of the Eucharist.
When Pope Benedict presides over a Mass, “one of the most significant aspects is that of the centrality of the crucifix on the altar,” the liturgist said. At the moment of the consecration, it is essential that everyone direct their eyes and hearts “towards him who is at the center, the Lord, in order to renew his sacrifice of love for the salvation of all.”
Msgr. Marini also observed how participating in a Mass celebrated by the Pope is an opportunity to strengthen one’s faith. “At those moments I think to myself, ‘I am at the side of the Vicar of Christ,’ and I renew my faith,” he said.