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