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Encyclopedia > Master of Ceremonies

A Master of Ceremonies or MC (sometimes spelled emcee), sometimes called a compere or an MJ for "microphone jockey", is the host of an official public or private staged event or other performance. The MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the event moving. The master of ceremonies sometimes also acts as the protocol officer during an official state function.

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The term originates from the Catholic Church. The Master of Ceremonies is an official of the Papal Court responsible for the proper and smooth conduct of the elegant and elaborate rituals involving the Pope and the Sacred Liturgy. He may also be an official involved in the proper conduct of protocols and ceremonials involving the Roman Pontiff, the Papal Court, and other dignitaries and potentates. Examples of official liturgical books prescribing the rules and regulations of liturgical celebrations are, "Cæremoniale Romanum" and "Cæremoniale Episcoporum". The name Catholic Church can mean a visible organization that refers to itself as Catholic, or the invisible Christian Church, viz. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Pope of Rome... A liturgy is the customary public worship of a religious group, according to their particular traditions. ... In Rome, the title of Supreme Pontiff (in Latin, Pontifex Maximus), belongs to the chief religious official of the city. ... The Roman Curia — usually called the Vatican — is the administrative apparatus of the Holy See, coordinating and providing the necessary organisation for the correct functioning of the Catholic Church and the achievement of its goals. ...


The office of the Master of Ceremonies itself is very old. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the most ancient ceremonials and rituals of the Roman Church are the so-called "Ordines Romani".[1] Names of Masters of Ceremonies are known since the late Middle Ages (15th century) and the Renaissance (16th century). However, copies of books prescribing the forms of rituals, rites and customs of pontifical ceremonies are known to have been given to Charles Martel in the 8th century. The rules and rituals themselves are known to have been compiled or written by the pontifical masters of ceremonies whose contents date back to the time of Pope Gelasius I (died 496) with modifications and additions made by Pope Gregory the Great (died 604). It is reasonable to assume that the ceremonials themselves pre-date Gelasius I and the origins of the Master of Ceremonies may have developed from the time Emperor Constantine the Great gave the Lateran Palace to the popes (324) or from the time Catholic Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire (380), influenced no doubt by imperial practices, customs and norms. However, documentary evidence from the late Roman period are scarce or lost. The ceremonies and practices of the Byzantine emperors are also known to have influenced the papal court. The accumulation of elaboration and complication since the Renaissance and Baroque were carried well into the 20th century until some of the ceremonies themselves, the court, the rituals and norms were simplified or completely eliminated by Pope Paul VI in the 1970s after Vatican II and most of the Renaissance pomp and ceremony have been almost completely abandoned by the present-day popes. The Catholic Encyclopedia, also referred to today as the Old Catholic Encyclopedia, is an English-language encyclopedia published in 1913 by The Encyclopedia Press. ... The Roman Catholic Church is the largest religious denomination of Christianity with over one billion members. ... The Renaissance (French for rebirth, or Rinascimento in Italian), was a cultural movement in Italy (and in Europe in general) that began in the late Middle Ages, and spanned roughly the 14th through the 17th century. ... Charles Martel (or, in modern English, Charles the Hammer) (23 August 686 – 22 October 741) was proclaimed Mayor of the Palace, ruling the Franks in the name of a titular King, and proclaimed himself Duke of the Franks (the last four years of his reign he did not even bother... Gelasius I was Pope (492 - 496). ... Gregory I Pope Saint Gregory I or Gregory the Great (called the Dialogist in Eastern Orthodoxy) (c. ... Constantine. ... The Lateran Palace, sometimes more formally known as the Palace of the Lateran, is an ancient palace of the Roman Empire and later a Palace of the Popes. ... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... Motto Senatus Populusque Romanus (SPQR) The Roman Empire at its greatest extent. ... Adoration, by Peter Paul Rubens. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... The Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, was an Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church opened under Pope John XXIII in 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI in 1965. ...


At a large Catholic church or cathedral, the Master of Ceremonies organizes and rehearses the proceedings and ritual of each mass. He may also have responsibility for the physical security of the place of worship during the liturgy. At major festivities such as Christmas and Easter, when the liturgies are long and complex, the Master of Ceremonies plays a vital role in ensuring that everything runs smoothly. A cathedral is a religious building for worship, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican and some Lutheran churches, which serves as a bishops seat, and thus as the central church of a diocese. ... A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. ... A Medieval Low Mass by a bishop. ... A liturgy is the customary public worship of a religious group, according to their particular traditions. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ... Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection, Pascha, or Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed at some point between late March and late April each year (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity), following the cycle of the moon. ...


The current papal Master of Ceremonies is His Excellency Archbishop Piero Marini. Piero Marini (born 13 Jan 1942) is a Roman Catholic archbishop, currently serving as the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations. ...


Comedy clubs

The M.C. of a comedy show is the host of the evening’s events, charged with a variety of responsibilities. These typically include making announcements, introducing the other comedians of the evening, and interacting with the crowd for such events as birthdays, anniversaries, and other parties.


The M.C. position is typically the first step that a comedian takes out of open mics, and it is known to be a tough position. The M.C. is the first comedian onstage and must ‘pick up’ a ‘cold crowd’ in order to get the audience’s energy going, and to set a humorous tone for the evening. In clubs, they often have to memorize lists of announcements concerning everything from drink specials and upcoming bands, to film and T.V. credits of the featured and headlining comedians. They are also the lowest paid comedians on the bill.


Master of ceremonies - Boy Scouts of America

In scouting the master of ceremonies is someone who is leading a court of honor specifically an eagle court of honor (one where the court of honor is held so a scout may receive their eagle rank advancement). The master of ceremonies can be an adult or a scout. It is an optional requirement (you can choose between it or one among several others) to receive the communications merit badge. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a United States Scouting organization, with some presence in other countries. ... In the U.S. Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a Court of Honor is a ceremony held to present scouts with awards they have earned. ... In the U.S. Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a Court of Honor is a ceremony held to present scouts with awards they have earned. ... An Eagle Scout is a Scout with the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). ... The following is a list of modern Boy Scouts of America merit badges. ...


Hip-hop culture

In the early 1970s, the term MC became associated with what would eventually become known as the Rapper in Hip-hop music and culture. Originally, the term was simply used as Master of Ceremonies. Traditionally, an MC uses rhyming verses, whether pre-written or freestyled, to introduce and praise the DJ he or she works with, to hype up the crowd. As Hip-hop progressed, the title MC has been thought to mean a number of acronyms such as Microphone Controller, Mic Checka, Music Commentator, and one who Moves the Crowd. Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ... Freestyle rap is an improvisational form of rapping, performed with few or no previously composed lyrics, which is said to reflect a direct mapping of the mental state and performing situation of the artist. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ...


Uncertainty over the acronym's expansion may be considered evidence for the ubiquity of the acronym: the full master of ceremonies is very rarely used in the hip-hop scene. This confusion prompted the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest to include this statement on their 1993 Midnight Marauders album: A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Midnight Marauders is a hip hop album by A Tribe Called Quest, released on November 9, 1993. ...

The use of the term MC when referring to a rhymer originates from the dance halls of Jamaica. At each event, there would be an announcer or master of ceremonies who would introduce the different musical acts and would say a toast in style of a rhyme, directed at the audience and to the performers. He would also make announcements such as the schedule of other events or advertisements from local sponsors. The term MC continued to be used by the children of women who moved to New York to work as maids in the 1970s. These MCs eventually created a new style of music called hip-hop based on the rhyming they used to do in Jamaica and the breakbeats used in records. MC has also recently been accepted to refer to all who engineer music.[citation needed] Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This article is about breakbeat, the genre. ...


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Being a Master of Ceremonies (1631 words)
The primary responsibility of the Master of Ceremonies is to serve as a genial host.
The Master of Ceremonies is responsible for ensuring that the program/event runs smoothly, runs on time and that all important people at the event are introduced in a complimentary, professional manner.
As the Master of Ceremonies you are responsible for introducing every speaker and others who are playing a role in the program at the event.
master of ceremonies: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (922 words)
A Master of Ceremonies or MC or ILLOSOPHER(sometimes spelled emcee), sometimes called a compere, is the host of a staged event or other performance.
At a large Catholic church or cathedral, the Master of Ceremonies organizes and rehearses the proceedings and ritual of each mass.
At each event, there would be an announcer or 'Master of Ceremonies' who would introduce the different musical acts and would say a toast in style of a rap, directed at the audience and to the performers.
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