ASK FATHER: Is having a “straw subdeacon” for a Solemn TLM okay?

Posted May 21, 2017 4:53 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Is having a “straw subdeacon” for a Solemn TLM okay?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’ve been to Solemn High Masses where a seminarian (perhaps having been instituted as an acolyte) was acting as Subdeacon (a “straw” subdeacon, I think, since he’s not ordained). Other than ordained men, who can act as the subdeacon in this way?
Yes, there can be a “straw subdeacon”.  As a matter of fact we had one this morning: an officially installed acolyte took the role.  There were slight adjustments to the rite as a result.
There is support for this.  The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“ once responded to a question posed by the Australian Ecclesia Dei Society in the

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