livius, deacons are ordinary ministers of the eucharist along with priests so they can administer either the Chalice or the Blessed Sacrament.
Moreover, when a bishop celebrates Mass, the other ministers who officiate with him are his two deacons. The other clergy, whether they be priests or bishops are “only” concelebrants, or they are deacons, priests or bishops who attend in choir.
It is normal that if the celebrating bishop does not distribute Holy Communion to the laity that his deacons do so, because the deacons are “the bishop’s men”, and by receiving from the deacons the congregation are effectively receiving from the bishop himself. Concelebrating priests and bishops “communicate themselves” directly from the altar either before or while Communion is distributed to the congregation.
I must confess, it usually throws me for a moment when I am officiating at Mass with my bishop. It’s a similar principle to the officiating deacons coming at the back of the procession with the bishop, behind all the other clergy - even if that were to include Cardinals.
What concerns me more about this video is that the Pope is obviously not physically able to genuflect - no doubt because of the pins in his knee - nor is he able to remain standing long enough to distribute Holy Communion to the congregation. A number of times he was steadied by the hands of Mgr Marini - his mobility is not great. I do wonder how long he’s got to clean out the stables?
This is new information to me.
Puzzling, though, that he chose to ride the city autobus in Buenos Aires rather than hail a diocese van, in light of this disability. I could see even the three steps in and out of the bus to be an obstacle for one so afflicted. Maybe the bus story is not so recent?
I wondered about that. Now I know, thanks!