ASK FATHER: Can priests serve as and vest as deacons in the Novus Ordo?
From a reader…
Can priests (or bishops) serve as deacons in the Ordinary Form, analogous to how (as I understand it) this is sometimes done in the Extraordinary Form?
Yes. Priests and bishops can serve as deacons in the Ordinary Form.
First, here are a couple shots of bishops vested as deacons, serving as deacons at a pontifical, papal Mass with Pope Francis, one on Peter and Paul, and another on Palm Sunday. These are Cardinals, by the way.
So, that’s the Ordinary Form. Those are bishops vested and acting as deacons. Hence, yes, bishops can act as deacons in the Ordinary Form. Now…