I have been attending mass at a TLM chapel for the last few months. The 9:00 mass is normally a sung mass or what I would call a high mass. The last few weeks Father has been host to a couple of Deacons from the seminary. With the addition of the deacons we now have a Solemn High Mass at 9:00 mass. At the start of the Offertory one of the deacons wraps his shoulders and hands in what I would call a stole. He approaches the altar and the priest hands him something which he covers in the stole and holds whatever it is in front of himself and slightly elevated. He then stands behind the priest holding whatever until the Lord’s Prayer. He then places the object back on the altar and hands the stole to a altar boy for removal.
As you can guess, I am wondering what it is that the deacon is holding. I have tried to watch during Mass, but I usually find myself lost in prayer following along in my missal and I miss what is happening.