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Marriage by deacon

Your answersCan a deacon take a wedding?Yes; but until recently this was looked on as irregular, because the ritwould lack the nuptial blessing of a priest. In the 1980s, women deacons wergiven responsibility for marriage preparation. It was then seen as desirablthat they should officiate. New regulations sought to remove doubts about thpropriety of their doing so.The Church in Wales promulgated a Canon in 1987. With guarded provisos, thC of E in 1992 published Archbishops Guidelines, Solemnization of Marriage bDeacons. The ASB 1980 rubrics consistently presuppose a priest, but in CommoWorship every reference is to "the minister".(Canon) Terry Palm
Magor, Monmouthshire
Mark Hills Ecclesiastical Law (2nd edition, Oxford, 2001) still holds thamarriage by a deacon is canonically irregular, and refers to Rupert BursellLiturgy, Order and the Law (Oxford, 1996). EditorAddress:

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