RCIA 157-159: Presentation of the Creed–Liturgy of the Word

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Not just the liturgy of the word, but also a quick rubric on when to celebrate this rite, a strong preference for a parish liturgy:

157.  The presentation of the Creed, which takes place during the week after the first scrutiny, should preferably be celebrated in the presence of a community of the faithful, within Mass after the homily.

The description of the liturgy of the Word follows:

158. In place of the readings assigned for the weekday Mass, the following readings are used, as indicated in the Lectionary for Mass, ritual Masses, “Christian Initiation: Presentation of the Creed.”

Deuteronomy 6:1-7

Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 Refrain: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

Romans 10:8-13 or 1 Corinthians 15:1-8a or 1-4

Matthew 16:13-18 or John 12:44-50

159. After the readings and guided by them, the celebrant explains in the homily the meaning and importance of the Creed in relation to the teaching that the elect have already received and to the profession of faith that they must make at their baptism and uphold throughout their lives.

The selection of readings is no surprise: the greatest commandment and a hymn to the law of God from the Hebrew Scriptures. The choice of Paul is interesting. Romans 10 is in the middle of his long discourse on his own shift from the Mosaic Law to discipleship in Christ. The alternate passage finds Paul urging the Corinthians to maintain their faith, an apostolic faith. The gospel passages you know, I think: Peter the rock, and Jesus the Light.

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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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One Response to RCIA 157-159: Presentation of the Creed–Liturgy of the Word

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