Master of Ceremonies Seminar

A master of ceremonies is not merely a "page-turning acolyte". As described in the Caeremoniale Episcoporum, he must have well-rounded knowledge of liturgical matters, and thereby a level of expertise that exceeds the average Catholic layman.


To fulfill this expectation, Louis Tofari offers an MC Seminar also affectionately known by its veterans as the "MC Boot Camp" (read some testimonies). Below is an outline of the courses that Mr. Tofari presents during his unique and comprehensive training program for MCs.

Mr. Tofari's presentations are accompanied by training materials, audio-visual media, actual liturgical objects used, and practicums. The training materials include the Compendium for Master of Ceremonies and The General Principles of Ceremonies of the Roman Rite.


In connection with the particular sanctification that a layman can derive from exercising the office of MC, special emphasis is also given to appointed periods of prayer and visits with the Blessed Sacrament.

It should also be noted that the courses of the MC Seminar can be customized according to the needs or schedule limitations. The fee of the MC Seminar also includes 10 hours of follow-up consultation.

MC Seminar Courses


What is a Master of Ceremonies?
  • Liturgical office

  • Expectations of competency

  • Spiritual aspects

  • Practical tips (sacristy management, preparing for ceremonies, etc.)


The Sanctuary and Altar
  • Church building as a structure

  • Purpose, character and prescriptions concerning the altar and its appointments

  • Sanctuary layout and furnishings


Sacred Vessels
  • Historical development

  • Prescriptions

  • Preparation practicum


Altar and Chalice Linens
  • Historical development

  • Symbolism and associated prayers

  • Prescriptions

  • Preparation practicum


Sacred Vestments
  • Historical development

  • Symbolism and associated prayers

  • Prescriptions

  • Preparation practicum


The Liturgical Books of the Roman Rite
  • Review of all books

  • Actual books or images of them available for inspection


Missale Romanum
  • Historical development and associated reforms

  • Sectional review of the missal

  • How to prepare and assist at the missal

  • Overview of classification rules

  • How to use the Ordo

  • Familiarity with Canon layout and rubrics

  • Latin terms


General Principles of Ceremonies of the Roman Rite
  • Review of rules as presented in book

  • Ceremonial terms and phrases

Gregorian Chants Sung at Mass (and their impact on the MC)
  • Review about Gregorian Chant

  • Explanation on various chants used at Mass and other ceremonies

  • Overview of the Liber Usualis; how to use as a reference

  • Practicum on chant cues used by MC


Master of Ceremonies’ Position at Mass
  • Presentation at altar

  • Practicum with trainees


Additional Presentations


Pontifical Basics
  • Review of ministers and items used at pontifical functions

  • Brief explanation of rules and actions at pontifical functions

Just for Fun: Papal Mass Movie Night
  • Presentation of related to pontifical and Papal Mass ceremonies

  • Includes various videos and highlights from the 1958 Coronation Mass of Pope John XXIII

Interested in having an MC Seminar hosted at your parish? Contact Louis Tofari.