RDCA II, 11: Three Forms and Two Rituals

There are three forms of entrance into the Church:

11. The rite of the dedication begins with the entrance into the church; this may take place in one of the three following ways; the one best suited to the circumstances of time and place is to be used.

  • Procession to the church to be dedicated: all assemble in a nearby church or other suitable place, from which the bishop, the ministers, and the congregation proceed to the church to be dedicated, praying and singing.
  • Solemn entrance: if the procession cannot take place or seems inopportune, the community gathers at the entrance of the church.
  • Simple entrance: the congregation assembles in the church itself; the bishop, the concelebrants, and the ministers enter from the sacristy in the usual way.

… and two essential moments in addition to the Eucharistic liturgy:

Two rituals are most significant in the entrance into a new church:

  • a) the handing over of the church: representatives of those who have been involved in the building of the church hand it over to the bishop.
  • b) The sprinkling of the church: the bishop blesses water and with it sprinkles the people, who are the spiritual temple, then the walls of the church, and finally, the altar.
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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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