RCIA 147: Presentations

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The second group of Lenten liturgies for RCIA are the presentations:

147. The presentations take place after the celebration of the scrutinies, unless, for pastoral reasons, they have been anticipated during the period of the catechumenate (see RCIA 79, 104-105). Thus, with the catechumenal formation of the elect completed, the Church lovingly entrusts to them the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, the ancient texts that have always been regarded as expressing the heart of the Church’s faith and prayer. These texts are presented in order to enlighten the elect. The Creed, as it recalls the wonderful deeds of God for the salvation of the human race, suffuses the vision of the elect with the sure light of faith. The Lord’s Prayer fills them with a deeper realization of the new spirit of adoption by which they will call God their Father, especially in the midst of the eucharistic assembly.

RCIA makes a sound case for the inclusion of the presentations during Lent. It makes sense to celebrate these after catechesis is complete. The Creed does sum up the essence of salvation history. The Lord’s Prayer points them to the liturgy of the Eucharist, which the elect will be celebrating soon enough.

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