Coming from the Greek Archdiocese in America, the only time I witness a Deacon at a Divine Liturgy is when the Bishop is present. There are a handful of parishes in the Metropolis which have a Deacon, but I don't find myself to be in their presence outside of a Hierarchal Liturgy.
The reason I prefaced this message as such is because I am curious to know from where a Deacon proclaims the Holy Gospel if a Bishop is not present. In my experience in the Hierarchal Liturgies, the Deacon proclaims the Gospel from the step of the Bishop's chair outside the Sanctuary/Vema.
For non-Hierarchal Liturgies, I understand that a Deacon proclaims the Gospel from the Amvon. Most churches, particularly small ones such as the one I attend, do not have an Amvon of any type. In that instance, at a standard, non-Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, would a Deacon still proclaim the Holy Gospel from the step of the Bishop's seat? I am unsure of a proper title for this seat, as it isn't technically the Bishop's seat/throne, as that is what properly resides in the High Place behind the Altar. It is my understanding that this seat is truly reserved for dignitaries (originally the Emperor), of which the Bishop serves firstly.
Thanks for shedding any light,
Edited by Anthony Cornett, 01 December 2014 - 08:11 AM.