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RCIA 562: Easter Vigil Combination

Most American parishes combine the initiation of the elect with the Rite of Reception into Full Communion at the Easter Vigil. I don’t claim to be well travelled (a vocation as a parish liturgist precludes being a liturgical visitor on … Continue reading

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RCIA 547-561: Combined Election and Continuing Conversion

Rite 3 of Appendix I is the combined rite of election/call to continuing conversion (RCIA 547) celebrated with the bishop, ordinarily on the First Sunday of Lent (548). As with all combined rites, we once again are reminded to maintain … Continue reading

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RCIA 536-546: Combined Sending

Finishing up with the RCIA appendices makes for a rather limp end to our series here, now by far the longest yet attempted on this blog. There’s not much new to report on the combined rite of sending. Catechumens first, … Continue reading

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RCIA 530-535: Combined Sending

For either catechumens, candidates, or both, this sending rite is optional. RCIA 530 notes this celebration is provided “for parishes,” likely as much if not more than for the catechumens and candidates themselves. RCIA 531 reminds us that while “admission … Continue reading

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RCIA 522-529: Word and Post-Homily Rituals

As in the rite for catechumens alone (RCIA 61-68), the Liturgy of the Word for the combined rite offers a few instructional words (RCIA 522), a choice of readings (523) with homily (524), an optional presentation of a bible (525), … Continue reading

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RCIA 507-521: Receiving the Candidates

The combined rite of acceptance and welcoming is the second-most involved of all the RCIA rites, behind the combined Easter Vigil. A celebrant is on his toes to sort out the unbaptized from the baptized. A priest or deacon may … Continue reading

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RCIA 505-506: Beginning Appendix I, Combined Rites

With this post, we begin a two-week exploration of Appendix I, in which the Church presents combination rites for the baptized and the unbaptized newcomers. Many catechumenate directors decline to use these combinations. In my current parish, combined rites have … Continue reading

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RCIA 499-504: Reception Outside Mass

RCIA 499 instructs that a liturgy of the word “is to be celebrated” if the rite of reception takes place outside of Mass. For “exceptional circumstances” when a liturgy of the word is not “possible,” the introductory words include a … Continue reading

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RCIA 490-498: Rite of Reception

The Rite of Reception (of a Baptized Christian) within Mass is much like the initiation rites we’ve seen elsewhere in RCIA, streamlined for the circumstances. The outline is: Invitation Profession of Faith Act of Reception [Confirmation] (if needed, with Laying … Continue reading

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RCIA 487-489: Reception Within Mass

RCIA 487 gives the introductory rubrics for the Mass of receiving someone into Full Communion. “If the rite … takes place on a solemnity or on a Sunday” the Mass of the day is celebrated. I had not realized that … Continue reading

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RCIA 483-486: Final Details

Let’s wrap up the last four paragraphs of the introduction to the Reception of Baptized Christians. First, a word about the sponsor: 483. At the reception, the candidate should be accompanied by a sponsor and may even have two sponsors. … Continue reading

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RCIA 482: Making a Confession

RCIA 482 makes a strange distinction. But before we get to that, I want to clear up something I saw elsewhere on the internet about non-Catholics not being able to make a confession of sins. Certainly, the elect are ineligible … Continue reading

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RCIA 481: Bishops and Priests

The Church is clear about the proper duties of bishops and presbyters. Let’s read today’s section for review: 481. It is the office of the bishop to receive baptized Christians into the full c0mmunion of the Catholic Church. But a … Continue reading

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RCIA 480: Questioning the Original Baptism

Roman Catholics do not repeat valid baptisms. This is pretty simple easy: 480. The sacrament of baptism cannot be repeated and therefore it is not permitted to confer it again conditionally,  unless there is a reasonable doubt about the fact … Continue reading

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RCIA 477-479: Doctrinal and Spiritual Preparation

Nobody’s asked the question, but in our look at receiving baptized Catholics, I’m sure somebody has thought, “What about catechesis?” Strictly speaking, this would be less a matter for liturgy and more for the catechetical directory. Note the twofold preparation … Continue reading

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