A Deacon Says the Words of Absolution
Does a deacon say the words of general absolution after the "Lord have mercy" in a Communion service? Even though deacons cannot forgive sins?
Yes, he does. In fact, a layperson officiating at the distribution of Holy Communion outside of Mass also pronounces this prayer. In the Extraordinary form of the Mass, that is, the old Latin Mass, the altar server recites this prayer in response to the priest's confession at every Mass, so it is clearly not understood as an exclusively priestly absolution.