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RCIA 401-402: Catechesis and other Preparations

Two sections sum up the Church’s approach to catechesis of baptized, but uncatechized persons. First, let’s break down RCIA 401 in terms of the expectations of their preparation time: 401. As in the case of catechumens, the preparation of these … Continue reading

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RCIA 400: Preparing the Baptized, But Uncatechized

Many commentators refer to the challenge of RCIA in parishes as “sorting fish.” You have the unbaptized. But some of them may know a fair amount about the Christian life. You also have the phenomenon of those who were baptized … Continue reading

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The Elect on Good Friday

A correspondent asks: When are the Elect dismissed on Good Friday? Still after the Homily as usual? How could they venerate the cross if not present in the liturgy? It’s a good question. In most parishes I’ve served, the elect … Continue reading

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RCIA 393-399: Viaticum and Conclusions

Remember that when in danger of death, this rite of initiation will almost surely not include a celebration of Mass. Communion–first Communion, in fact–will be through viaticum, the expression of celebrating the Eucharist for the dying. RCIA 393 gives a … Continue reading

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RCIA 382-392: Baptism and Confirmation

The outline for baptism and confirmation when in danger of death is as follows, trimmed down from the “Exceptional Circumstances” rite: CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM Renunciation of Sin (RCIA 382) Profession of Faith (383) Baptism (384) [Anointing after Baptism] (385) CELEBRATION … Continue reading

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RCIA 375-379: Introduction and Word

The outline for this rite is even more brief than the one for “exceptional circumstances.” Here are the first two parts of the liturgy: INTRODUCTORY RITES Opening Dialogue Affirmation by the Godparent and Witnesses LITURGY OF THE WORD Gospel Reading Intercessions … Continue reading

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RCIA 374: If The Neophyte Recovers

… what happens? This is what’s supposed to happen: If persons who were baptized when in danger of death or at the point of death recover their health, they are to be given a suitable formation, be welcomed at the … Continue reading

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RCIA 372-373: Emergency Initiation

The rite of RCIA 375-399 is, according to number 372 … … designed particularly for use by catechists and laypersons; a priest or a deacon may use it in a case of emergency. But normally a priest or a deacon … Continue reading

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RCIA 370-371: Christian Initiation of a Person in Danger of Death

Last year we touched on the baptism of a person in danger of death in our lengthy examination of the Pastoral Care rites. PCS 275-296 has been expanded a bit and updated with RCIA 370-399. Ministers to the dying, especially clergy, should be … Continue reading

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RCIA 362-369: Exceptional Circumstances: Confirmation and Eucharist

Confirmation’s five sections have easy parallels to the standard Easter Vigil. For comparison, I invite you to look back at these posts, if you wish. RCIA 362 prescribes the “assembly may sing an appropriate song” between baptism and confirmation, as in … Continue reading

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RCIA 353-361: Exceptional Circumstances: Baptism

The baptism rituals of RCIA 353-361 outlined: Invitation to Prayer Prayer over the Water Profession of Faith – Renunciation of Sin – Profession of Faith Baptism Explanatory Rites – (Clothing with a Baptismal Garment) – Presentation of a Lighted Candle … Continue reading

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RCIA 346-352: Exceptional Circumstances: Liturgy of the Word

The choreography of the Liturgy of the Word is similar to the Rite of Acceptance: Receiving the Candidate replaces the usual introductory rites. The rubric in RCIA 346 is explicit: they are omitted. The readings (RCIA 347) have already been … Continue reading

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RCIA 340-345: Exceptional Circumstances: Receiving the Candidate

The abbreviated form for this rite has a lengthy outline with five parts: Receiving the Candidate, Liturgy of the Word, Celebration (in turn) of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We’ll tackle them over at least five posts, starting at the beginning: … Continue reading

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RCIA 336-339: Abbreviated Form

Let’s wrap up the RCIA’s instruction on “exceptional circumstances,” shall we? 336. Before the abbreviated form of the rite is celebrated the candidate must have gone through an adequate period of instruction and preparation before baptism, in order to purify … Continue reading

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RCIA 334-335: Adaptations from the Pastor

Let’s not give the impression that any “exceptional circumstances” situation in RCIA is wholly dependent on the bishop’s direct oversight. As with other rites, the pastor does have certain adaptations he can make, as we read in RCIA 334: 1. … Continue reading

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