Sunday, March 13, 2016
Deacons and the Solemn High Mass
National Catholic Register writer Kevin DiCamillo reminds us that it is impossible to have an Extraordinary Form Solemn High Mass without a deacon, although a Missa Cantata High Mass does not require one. Pontifical Solemn High Masses also require a bishop. DiCamillo goes on to ask why so few permanent deacons partake of the EF Solemn High Masses, an obviously good question. Note, however, that a priest can function in the role of a deacon for such a Mass, as Fr. Francisco did for Fr. Timothy O'Brien last year.
This article dovetails nicely with Deacon Joe Bell's talk on the role of the deacon that he gave at our September 2013 Gregorian Chant Class.