PCS 244-246: Faith, Litany, Confirmation

As it is part of the Viaticum liturgy (PCS 190-191), the baptismal profession of faith and litany follow the Liturgy of Penance. If, that is, “the condition of the sick person permits.” A sprinkling rite may take place after the profession of faith.

PCS 245 suggests that “the litany may be adapted.” Option A reads:

You bore our weakness and carried our sorrows: Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

You felt compassion for the crowd, and went about doing good and healing the sick: Christ, have mercy.

R. Christ, have mercy.

You commanded your apostles to lay their hands on the sick in your name: Lord, have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Option B reads:

Let us pray, dear friends, for our brother/sister N., whom the Lord at this hour is refreshing with the sacraments.

That the Lord may look on our brother/sister and see in him/her the face of his own suffering Son, we pray:

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the Lord may help N. in this moment of trial, we pray:

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the Lord may watch over N., and keep him/her ever in his love, we pray:

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the Lord may give N. strength and peace, we pray:

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

246. It is highly appropriate that the initiation of every baptized by the sacraments of confirmation and the eucharist. If the sacrament of confirmation is celebrated in the same rite, the priest continues as indicated in “Christian Initiation for the Dying,” (PCS)290. In such a case, the laying on of hands which belongs to the anointing of the sick (see (PCS) 247) is omitted.

The Roman approach is eminently pragmatic. In the scope of a three-sacrament celebration with a dying person, what is important in a celebration of viaticum alone–the baptismal profession of faith–is less vital in light of the highlight moments: the active encounter with the sacramental Christ.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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