I am curious as to whether anyone knows of specific Canon Law in the Coptic Orthodox Rite that speaks to Altar service; Specifically, the number of "deacons" serving in the Altar, the rank of said "deacon," and their respective roles and duties. If such exists, can someone provide the text, the source from which they found said text, and any other useful information that can be provided. I am also curious if HHPT2 and/or the Synod have expressed any specifications as to standardize the diaconate service among the whole Church as this seems to be a common problem in many parishes and dioceses who define general diaconate roles in many different ways.
Anba Youssef has expressed a wish that only subdeacons and above serve in the altar. And that deacons manage finances while priests manage pastoral care.
Anba Serapion has expressed a wish that chanters stand with the rest of the congregation, that all male church servants be readers and pass a theological exam/qualification, and that there also be a blessing for female "readeresses" who do not necessarily read but are female servants. HG has already postponed the ordination of a reader in his diocese pending a test of theological soundness.
But, yeah, we can expect to see movement on this issue soon.