A reader writes in:
Does every priest have a ‘right’ to lay hands in the rite of ordination of a priest? Or only priests who are concelebrating, or priests vested in choir? It looks unseemly when priests in the congregation, in clericals or street clothes, come up for this part of the rite. And is seems theologically problematic – why would you ‘concelebrate’ one part of the Mass, the ordination, but not the Eucharistic sacrifice itself? I am curious what the canonical state of affairs is, and what people think best liturgical practice is.
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