As you all know, in the vast majority of cases, the protocol for ordination of "deacons" to various ranks of the deaconate is not properly followed (to the best of my knowledge). Most kids are immediately ordained Epsaltos ("psalter") without having fulfilled the requirements laid down by the Church many years ago.
I think an interesting array of questions could be asked here:
Is the "lack of resources" (i.e. the lack of ordained Subdeacons and Deacons) the real reason that young children of five years old are herded into the altar for service?
Or is it a more global issue on the level of the Church that such ranks matter little these days?
Is this in itself a problem? Or is it merely the evolution of the Church and it's accommodation to suit the needs of our changing culture and society in the lands of the Diaspora?
Why is it that the clergy ordain less and less individuals to the higher ranks of Subdeacon and Deacon?
Does the organisation of the deaconate even matter? Does not God accept the service of young children who do not understand the real responsibilities that being a subdeacon entails?
What are the practicalities for enforcing the protocols on a wide scale once more? Is it even worth attempting or contemplating?
What do you think?