General Principles with Annotations for the Deacon
The following norms are guidelines drawn from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), the Order of Mass, and the Ceremonial of Bishops. These guidelines are a collaboration of the Office of Diaconate Formation, the Office of Deacons in Ministry, and the Office for Divine Worship, and apply to all deacons serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
“When the deacon comes to serve, he must empty himself from all selfish concerns. He must see himself as servant of the liturgy and never its master. He must minister to the priest and to the altar with the humility of Him whose very Body and Blood were offered on the altar of the cross.”