RCIA 72: Optional Rite, Renunciation of False Worship

img_6803Here are the rubrics for the Renunciation of False Worship:

72. If the diocesan bishop judges it suitable to have the candidate openly renounce false worship and spirits of magical arts, he should see to the preparation of a formulary for the questions and renunciation relevant to the local situation. As long as the language is not offensive to members of other religious groups, this may be expressed using one of the following formularies or similar words.

Dear candidates, the true God has called you and led you here. You sincerely desire to worship and serve him alone, and his Son, Jesus Christ. Now, int he presence of this community, you must reject all sites and forms of worship that do not honor the true God. Are you determined never to abandon him and his son, Jesus Christ, and never return to the service of other masters?

R. We are.

Christ Jesus, Lord of the living and the dead, has power over all spirits and demons. Are you determined never to abandon him and never again to serve (images worshipped in false rites, such as fetishes)?

R. We are.

Christ Jesus alone has the power to protect us. Are you determined never to abandon him and never again to seek (wear/use) (objects used superstitiously, such as amulets)?

R. We are.

Christ Jesus alone is truth. Are you determined never to abandon him and never to seek out soothsayers, magicians, or witch doctors?

R. We are.

The celebration then continues with the affirmation by the sponsors and the assembly (RCIA 53).

The formulary above is choice B, slightly expanded on choice A, which is more generic in naming images, amulets, and persons. I don’t suppose this is used much in the First World. Any thoughts?

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