The President The president (who, in accordance with the provisions
of Canon B12 `Of the ministry of the Holy Communion', must have been
episcopally ordained priest) presides over the whole service. He says
the opening Greeting, the Collect, the Absolution, the Peace, and the
Blessing; he himself must take the bread and the cup before replacing
them on the holy table, say the Eucharistic Prayer, break the
consecrated bread, and receive the sacrament on every occasion. The
remaining parts of the service he may delegate to others. When
necessity dictates, a deacon or lay person may preside over the Ministry
of the Word.
When the Bishop is present, it is appropriate that he should act as
president. He may also delegate sections 32--49 to a priest.