RDCA II, 12-13: Dedication Liturgy of the Word

The Liturgy of the Word always leads off with the reassembled people of Israel listening to the Law for the first time in their lives:

12. Three readings are used in the liturgy of the word. The texts are chosen from those in the Lectionary (nos. 704 to 706) for the rite of the dedication of a church.

The first reading is always, even during the Easter season, the passage of Nehemiah that tells of the people of Jerusalem gathered in the presence of the scribe Ezra to hear the proclamation of the law of God (Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 8-10).

FYI, this passage is also proclaimed on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

13. After the readings the bishop gives the homily, in which he explains the biblical readings and the meaning of the dedication of a church.
The profession of faith is always said. The general intercessions are omitted, since the Litany of the Saints is sung in their place.

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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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