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RCIA 333: Expanding from the Abbreviated Rite

Section 333: Through such an expansion of the abbreviated rite a new candidate can reach the same level as those who are already advanced in the catechumenate, since some of the earlier elements from the full rite can be added, … Continue reading

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RCIA 332: Circumstances

What would be some of the particular circumstances that would hamper a well-intentioned person from participating in the mainstream catechumenate? 332. Extraordinary circumstances, for example, sickness, old age, change of residence, long absence for travel, may sometimes either prevent a … Continue reading

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RCIA 331: Exceptional Circumstances

RCIA 331-369 covers “Christian Initiation of Adults in Exceptional Circumstances.” We will examine the explanatory section (331-339) in detail. The remainder of the section gives rubrics and ritual texts for the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. When we … Continue reading

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RCIA 330: Mystagogy For Everybody

I suppose I could have added this to yesterday’s post, but here’s the one-section summary on mystagogy: 330. A period of post-baptismal catechesis or mystagogy should be provided to assist the young neophytes and their companions who have completed their … Continue reading

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RCIA 317-329: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist

Except for a pastoral concern for children already baptized who have associated with the youth catechumens/elect, the rubrics and rituals for the sacraments are virtually identical in text to that of adults (RCIA 226-243): the baptism (RCIA 317) in the … Continue reading

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RCIA 310-316: Snapshots from Initiation

Since we’ve already covered the adult initiation rite (Easter Vigil) in detail, with this post, I thought I’d zero in on a few rubrics, rituals, and texts of note in the rite for initiating children of catechetical age. The rubric … Continue reading

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Ten Ways

… to involve yourself in RCIA. From the USCCB: Pray Listen Participate Attend the Easter Vigil Have a welcoming spirit Witness Invite Get Involved Ongoing Conversion Know Mystagogy is for all Check the link for details, but I’ll put in … Continue reading

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RCIA 309-329: Overview of Initiation

The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (RCIA 309-329) for children of catechetical age is based on the adult rite (218-243) with the following omissions in the children’s rite: no presentation of candidates (RCIA 219) and no litany of saints (RCIA … Continue reading

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RCIA 306-308: When and With Whom?

Easter Vigil is the strong preference. Sunday, certainly, for the conferral of the initiation sacraments. But Roman pragmatism allows for exceptions: 306. If the sacraments of initiation are celebrated at a time other than the Easter Vigil or Easter Sunday, … Continue reading

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RCIA 304-305: Initiating Children

Sections 304 through 308 give the introduction to the “Third Step: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation.” 309 through 329 give the rubrics and rituals for the Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist of these children of catechetical age. This section … Continue reading

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RCIA 301-303: Anointing, Hands, Dismissal, and Possible Penance Liturgy

After the exorcism prayer, RCIA 301 directs that the children be anointed with the oil of catechumens. If they have already been anointed, then a brief ritual laying on of hands may be used. The rite gives a blessing of … Continue reading

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RCIA 300: Exorcism in the Penitential Rite

The rite gives two options for the Exorcism. The first is a straightforward prayer: Father of mercies, you sent your only Son to rescue us from the slavery of sin and to give us freedom as your children. Look with … Continue reading

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RCIA 299: Penitential Intercessions

“A brief interval of silence” is prescribed before the presider addresses the assembly with an introduction to the intercessions. There is a given option that the adult rite scrutiny texts (RCIA 153, 167, and/or 174) may be used with modifications. … Continue reading

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RCIA 297-298: Penitential Readings and Homily

These next two sections are all rubrics. In 297, a minimum of one reading, presumably the Gospel, is designated. If two readings are utilized, then a psalm “or a song” should be used between the readings. Usually when the rite … Continue reading

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RCIA 296: Opening Prayer for the Penitential Rite

I don’t want to gloss over the important aspects of this rite. I’ll take it slow and you may find interesting insights in the rite. These opening prayers certainly reveal something of the intent of the rite, the connection between penance … Continue reading

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