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.