Category Archives: RCIA

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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