and Eastern Deacons During Papal Masses of Highest Solemnity
recognition of the Byzantine and Slavic heritage of the Anglican
Patriarchate comprise a valued and ancient part of its patrimony, and
in recognition of the Melkite and Russian Rite apostolic succession
of the patriarchate, at Patriarchal masses of the highest solemnity,
two additional Deacons of the Mass may be op-tionally used. These
deacons are known as the Melkite Deacon in the Eastern Deacon. If
they are used, both may be used, or either one may be used.
the deacon is of the specific rite or else biritual, then he vests as
a deacon of that rite in the colour appropriate to the mass as usual.
However, because of the patrimony and apostolic succession of the
Anglican Patriarchate, any cleric of the patriarchate of the order of
deacon or above may serve in these roles, in which case the vest in
procession, except where stated, the Melkite Deacon and East-ern
Deacon follow in that order behind the Latin Deacon. During the mass,
the deacons in general sit at the sedilia next to the Latin Deacon
and Sub-Deacon, with the Melkite to the right and otherwise stand
likewise on either side of them, such as at the Prayers at the Foot
of the Altar. At the Gospel, they go to the place where the gos-pel
will be sung. It is first sung in Latin and then, if there is a
Melkite Deacon, in Greek, and if there is an Eastern Deacon, then in
Russian or another Slavic language. During the portions of the mass
at the throne, the deacons sit with the Latin deacon of the mass.
Dur-ing the portions of the mass at the altar, the deacons stand with
the Latin Deacon of the Mass on the pavement or second altar step as
usual. If there is only one such Deacon, he stands to the left of the
Latin Deacon. If there are both of the deacons, then the Eastern
Deacon stands to the left, and the Melkite Deacon stands to the
right. When the Latin Deacon goes to the predella, he is accompanied
by the other two, who stand to the outside, the Melkite Deacon
closest to the Latin Deacon. During the communion at throne, the two
dea-cons follow behind the Latin Deacon and Sub-Deacon, standing
side-by-side behind them, the Melkite to the right. They then
likewise follow back to the altar for the purification, standing
side-by-side on the second step of the altar.
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