I got this urgent question by e-mail:
Fr. Z –
I am a transitional Deacon preparing for Ordination and First Mass on June 28 and 29 respectively. I would like my friend, who is an installed acolyte and fellow seminarian to serve as subdeacon at a NO Mass. I was wondering if he would be allowed to vest in the tunicle, and if so, is there any documentation on this?
Thank you for your time.
Yes, I am sure that this is possible, for the acolyte… not for the non-acolyte.
But if you are looking for documents, I just don’t have time to look them up at this moment.
We know from Ministeria quaedam of Paul VI, that the acolyte substitutes for the subdeacon and can even be called the subdeacon. Also, I have seen this in practice at St. Agnes Church in St. Paul, properly, for years… omnibus contrariis errantibus.
Readers… help this guy!!