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The books required for the celebration of the Church's divine services are specific to each ecclesial tradition. The following books are those belonging to the Byzantine liturgical tradition. Read More>
The First Step Is Made
Paul Makar has been ordained to a minor order of subdeaconate by his eparch bishop John Bura. The installation took place in his home town Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Paul’s parish family was very supportive in his vocational choice. Paul’s father, deacon Paul Makar Senior, has been serving Perth Amboy parish for many years. He was proud to see his son taking the first step to the ordained ministry.
The order of subdeaconate is the highest of the minor orders of clergy in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. This order is higher than reader and cantor and lower than the deacon. The essential role of a subdeacon is to assist the bishop is celebrating the hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
There is a special service for the ordination of a subdeacon, although in contemporary practice an acolyte or a reader may receive the bishop's blessing to vest and act as a subdeacon, either for a particular occasion or permanently.
Subdeacons are ordained within the nave of the Church, while major ordinations take place within the sanctuary. Every cleric upon the ordination receives a title, e.g. lector, subdeacon, deacon, priest, or bishop. By definition of the word, subdeacon is really the servant of a deacon, and by extension the servant of a bishop.