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I attend Mass where the priest says the Mass but a religious brother reads the Gospel and gives the homily. Isn't that the exclusive duty of the priest or deacon? Or can religious brothers also serve as deacons? Is the Mass legitimate? I normally don't attend this Church but would appreciate an answer. Thank you for your kind assistance, Fr. Echert.
Answer by Fr. John Echert on 10/8/2008:
Only a priest, deacon or bishop may legitimately proclaim the Gospel at Mass and preach. If the religious is a priest this is fine but if a brother (not ordained) then it is a violation of the laws governing the Sacred Liturgy.