A Pray Tell reader sent in this photo of a recent daily Mass in St. Martha’s Guesthouse with Pope Francis:

Pope Francis Feb 28

The reader writes:

The priest at Francis’ right hand is holding up a chalice, and he seems to be from a different rite, based on his vestments. Or is he a deacon? I can’t quite see what the priest on Francis’ left is doing. Is he holding the host? Is this during the “Ecce Agnus Dei” or “Per ipsum” or during the prayers at the Preparation of the Gifts? Unless the rules for concelebration have changed without my knowledge, this seems like Francis is doing something innovative.

What do you make of this?

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