What do the different sacred ministers do?
Each sacred minister has their specific tasks to perform during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Celebrant of the Mass says most of the prayers, sings the preface and consecrates the bread and wine to become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The Deacon holds the incense boat, sings the Gospel, puts the corporal on the altar, pours the wine, removes and replaces the pall, turns the pages of the missal during the Canon, holds the paten during Holy Communion, moves the missal from north to south and sings Ite, Missa Est. The Subdeacon sings the Epistle, moves the missal from south to north, holds the Evangelarium (the book of the Gospels) while it is being read, brings the chalice and other sacred vessels to the altar, pours the wine, holds the paten during the Canon, dries all the sacred vessels after the ablutions and places the sacred vessels back on the credence table. They both support the priest when he genuflects. All three ministers read the Gloria, Creed, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. Sometimes there is an Arch-priest who aids the Celebrant during Holy Mass. The sacred ministers are also aided by the Master of Ceremonies, acolytes, a thurifer and a boat bearer.