A correspondent asks:
When are the Elect dismissed on Good Friday? Still after the Homily as
How could they venerate the cross if not present in the liturgy?
It’s a good question. In most parishes I’ve served, the elect were not dismissed on Good Friday. Holy Thursday is a more tangled situation, as some ministers might think the Eucharistic procession is an experience worth opening to the elect.
In any event, the document gives some helpful guidance. In RCIA 47, we are told of those preparing for baptism …
… the Church nourishes them with the word of God and sustains them by means of liturgical celebrations. The catechumens should be eager, then, to take part in celebrations of the word of God and to receive blessings and other sacramentals.
What holds for catechumens certainly holds for the elect. I would think that those who have celebrated the Rite of Acceptance should avail themselves of the following: blessings of St Blase, of the home, ashes on Ash Wednesday, the experience of palms or other blessed objects, and certainly something like the veneration of the cross on Good Friday.
Practically, most parishes dismiss the catechumens and elect after the homily, but the rite (no 75, part 3) indicates a “kindly” dismissal should take place “before the liturgy of the Eucharist begins.” So if there was a thought to dismiss the elect on Good Friday, the best time would likely be before the Communion Rite, after veneration of the cross is completed. Note that since we do not celebrate Mass on Good Friday (technically speaking, it is a word and Communion service) there isn’t actually a liturgy of the Eucharist.