Friends Maybe this topic is more for the Hackney Hub or Symphorian, but all members are welcome... Imagine a group of faithful Anglicans gather on Sunday in a humble home in mission territory; devout people, they want the longest possible service on the Lord's Day, but have no clergy. I understand that Morning Prayer can be seamlessly connected to the Litany, and the Litany to the Communion - if such a lengthy service is desired. How shall the chosen lay-Minister order his saying of the service so that it is as long as possible, yet commits no blasphemy against God by daring to do what only the ordained may do? Studying my 1962 Book of Common Prayer, I have noticed a rubric following the service of Holy Communion: "If there be no Communion, the Priest or Deacon may say all that is appointed, until the end of the Intercession, together with one or more of these Collects and the Lord's Prayer, concluding with the Grace." Deacons being lay-people, I assume they can lead at least the first half of the Communion. My question is: the Morning Service and Litany being over, how much of the Communion may be said by a lay-man? Clearly the Sermon would have to be left unsaid, unless the lay Minister had permission from his (distant) bishop to preach. I suppose the order would be: I. Morning Prayer up to and including the Third Collect for Grace? II. The Litany up to and including the Lord's Prayer, which acts as the beginning of: III. The Ante-Communion, up to and including the Intercession, ending with the Grace.