Category Archives: RCIA

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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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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