Hi, I just recently attended a friday service over at my parish. Our Priest was from what I head ‘on vacation’, and so a Deacon from another parish was invited. And so What happened was that HE (the deacon) presidede over the whole ceremony.He just rushed through the Kyrie, and didn’t even say the Gloria. And before I knew it, we were already at the homily (if you could even call it a homily). He talked a little on how this country is founded by the laws of God, and how Our Lady is the Patron saint of this great country. But what he did was he called up 2 people, yeah 2 parishiners up to the altar, and he gave them the American Flag and showed them and us how and why we fold up the flag at military funereals. Did I forget to mention this took up 90% of the homily?
After this he rushed over and saidthe prayer intentions. After that he went over to the tabernacle and grabbed the ciborium, and placing his hand over it he said a prayer, and before I knew it, he said the “Agnus Dei”. So I thought to myself “Oh no, you did not just fiddle your fingers in the ciboruim and grabbed Our Lord like that”. He distributed the ‘concecrated hosts’ and he didn’t even have a moment of silence after he just rushed up said ‘peace be with you’ and blessed us like the priest would.
My questions are:
Was this even valid?
Was this even a mass?
Can a Deacon preside over the whole mass?
What does the Church teach?