ASK FATHER: Are deacons required to wear the dalmatic at Mass?

Posted November 28, 2016 10:16 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Are deacons required to wear the dalmatic at Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, last year we began attending a more traditional parish in our diocese. It struck me just today that I’ve never seen our deacon at Mass without a dalmatic, whereas we saw the deacon frequently without a dalmatic at our previous parishes. Is the deacon required to wear the dalmatic at Mass in the same way that the priest is required to wear the chasuble?
In 2009, the USCCB promulgated the Directory for the Formation, Life and Ministry of Permanent Deacons, which is largely drawn from the 1998 Directory issued by the Congregation for the Clergy. (It has several

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