RCIA 41: Acceptance

img_6803Next to the celebration of the Easter Vigil, the Rite of Acceptance is as much of a highlight as you can get in RCIA. When done properly and prayerfully, it is also among the most moving.

41. The rite that is called the rite of acceptance into the order of catechumens is of utmost importance. Assembling publicly for the first time, the candidates who have completed the period of the precatechumenate declare their intention to the Church and the Church in turn, carrying out its apostolic mission, accepts them as persons who intend to become its members. God showers his grace on the candidates, since the celebration manifests their desire publicly and marks their reception and first consecration by the Church.

The rite of acceptance is a dialogue between two communities. Newcomers have determined to enter the Church. The faith community, in the tradition of the apostles, accept them as their own. The rite is careful to note the agency of God in this. It happens on two levels. First, that God’s grace is part of the inner urging of people to join themselves to Christ and his community of disciples. And second, this rite is an act of consecration. It is the call to faith in microcosm: God urges, people respond, and God further intensifies the relationship with the gift of holiness.

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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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