RDCA II, 28: Entrance, Three Forms

The Rite of Dedication of a Church forms the liturgical core of this whole document. In Chapter Two, we’ll look at numbered sections 28 through 85 to review the rubrics and ritual texts. The introductory rites (28-52) cover a lot of ground.

28. The entrance into the church to be dedicated is made, according to the circumstances of time and place, in one of the three ways described below.

Form A is the procession (29-35) in which the people gather at a place apart from the church to be dedicated. It might be another parish, presumably the mother community–that would seem one appropriate choice. If there has been a temporary place of worship–that might be another option. It could also be a place apart from the new building, or I suppose, a place on the property more or less near to the church. Form B observes the Solemn Entrance (36-42). Here, the people are gathered at the closed doors of the new church. If it seems better for people to assemble in the undedicated church, sections 43-47 describe the Simple Entrance. There is some overlap between these, which we’ll note as we progress.

 

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