Deacon Services

Each of the liturgical services of the Byzantine Catholic Church, with the exception of the Divine Liturgies and the sacraments, can be celebrated without a priest; the priestly prayers and blessings are omitted, and certain other traditional changes are made.  This article on Reader Services provides a (proposed) order for these celebrations.

In the Byzantine tradition, a deacon leading services in the absence of a priest did so as if he were a layman (but vested in his proper ordinary garment, the exosason). At one time, the MCI website provided here a set of experimental rubrics that gave an expanded rule to the deacon in theses situations. However:

Therefore, the experimental rubrics here have been removed, and deacons are encouraged to make use of the guidelines for Reader Services instead.

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