Category Archives: RCIA

The Armchair Liturgist: Entry Into a Year-Long Catechumenate

My parish’s RCIA director has two people new to the Church entering the catechumenate this weekend. We will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance, always one of my favorite rituals, at 10:30 Mass tomorrow. These folks will be in the catechumenate … Continue reading

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Adapting Catechumenate Rites

A recent comment from Ashwin Acharya got me thinking. His post begs the question: why is a school and not a parish conducting RCIA? He has an intriguing plan for students: (S)everal teenage students will be receiving the Sacraments of … Continue reading

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Choice of a Baptismal Day

I was noticing up-and-coming blogger, atheist-converted-Catholic Leah Libresco posted on her baptism yesterday. I’m always curious about the choice of a day for adult baptism when it’s off the liturgical year. The Church strongly urges Easter Vigil, of course. It … Continue reading

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Acceptance: The Cycle Begins Again

It was a bonus to come to a parish four years ago that did a year-round catechumenate. What’s that, you ask? Simply that we are focused on evangelization and welcoming twelve months a year. Not just in the Fall. And … Continue reading

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GDC 88-89: “The baptismal catechumenate: structure and progression”

Nothing really new for those involved in RCIA, or those who followed our analysis of it here on this site. The emphasis of the GDC is on a careful progression for those initiated into the Church: 88. Faith, moved by … Continue reading

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RCIA Up

The RCIA page at the top of the header is finally done and completely linked. As I was trolling through my old posts, I found two that weren’t properly categorized. So I may have erred somewhere on one of the … Continue reading

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RCIA Bad and Sad

A tale from the front: A few years ago a colleague of mine had this incident in her parish. She had a baptized Christian in her RCIA group. He was divorced from his wife but had not remarried. The pastor insisted … Continue reading

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RCIA 597: Songs from Ancient Liturgies

This section gives seven “songs” for use in the RCIA. For research on a forthcoming article, I’ve corresponded with a few scholars on these, most notably Msgr Bruce Harbert of ICEL. He noted one was from an inscription at an ancient … Continue reading

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RCIA 596: Hymns in the Style of the New Testament

These two examples are probably mostly ignored by composers. These New Testament hymns are 1 Peter 1:3-5 and a second based on 1 Timothy 3:16. Praised be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a God so merciful and kind! … Continue reading

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RCIA 595: Acclamations 5, 8-11

One acclamation from Psalm 34:6 well-suited for acceptance or welcoming: 5. Come to him and receive his light! And Psalm 34 is designated at the Rite of Acceptance for the processional song after the signing of the senses and before … Continue reading

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RCIA 595: Ephesian Acclamations 4, 6, 7, 12

Four of the acclamations are based on passages from the letter to the Ephesians, a favorite for baptismal and credal theology. 4. There is one God, one Father of all; he is over all, and through all; he lives in … Continue reading

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RCIA 595: Acclamations 1-3

With very little fanfare, RCIA launches into a second appendix of many musical texts, but very little in terms of commentary. Perhaps between you reader and I we can come up with something substantive. RCIA’s Appendix II (the first appendix … Continue reading

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RCIA 566-594: Easter Vigil

The combined initiation of the elect and reception of baptized Christians is pretty common at Easter Vigils across North America. The first rubric in the celebration: 566. Those who will be received into full communion at the Easter Vigil, along … Continue reading

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RCIA 564-565: The Decision to Combine

So, what’s the bottom line on receiving baptized Christians at the Catholic Easter Vigil along with the Baptism of the elect? 564. The decision … must be guided by the provision in the Rite of Reception, Introduction (RCIA 475 no. … Continue reading

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RCIA 563: More on the Easter Vigil

The case for candidates being received at the Vigil: 563. Inclusion at the Easter Vigil of the rite of reception into full communion may also be opportune liturgically, especially when the candidates have undergone a lengthy period of spiritual formation … Continue reading

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