From a deacon
Could you please address the all too common occurrence where Deacons are asked (or told by the priest) to relinquish their liturgical role to a lay person?
Case in point: I was told to allow the music minister to chant the General Intercessions on Good Friday this year, not because I’m unable to, but because the music minister had done it through the years and is retiring. It was urged that I allow this to proceed. I am unsettled with this in that I believe I should have stood my ground in accord with the rubric. This is but one example…
I have witnessed and experienced personally (many times) the Deacon’s part being given to laity at the discretion of the priest and worse, the deacon relinquishing his part to laity. It shouldn’t be this way, am I being too rigid?
I was unaware that this is a common problem.
It is simply wrong to force a deacon out of his proper liturgical role in order to give it to a lay person.
First, that violates the deacon’s identity.
Second, that violates the lay person’ identity.
Moreover, the deacon is being asked to participate in a condescending clericalism.
Let deacons be deacons. That’s why the Church ordains them.