Category Archives: Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar

RDCA VII: Blessing of a Chalice and Paten

The final chapter of the RDCA (Dedication of a Church and Altar) provides for the blessing of the vessels used in the celebration and distribution of the Eucharist. First, a brief introduction: 1. The chalice and paten for offering, consecrating, … Continue reading

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RDCA VI: Blessing of an Altar

If you’ve been following this rite with us, some of these considerations have already been addressed in the rites for dedicating a church (RDCA, chapter II) and the dedication of an altar (chapter IV). There is a seven-section introduction for … Continue reading

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RDCA V, 23-28: Blessing a Church, Liturgy of the Eucharist

After the altar is blessed, it is dressed with a cloth and decorated with flowers (V, 23). Candles are lit and used, “if need be, the cross.” The bishop then receives the gifts at the chair (V, 24), and the … Continue reading

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RDCA V, 20-22: Blessing of the Altar

The opening prayer cites, “Lord, bless this church …” and so today’s sections 20-22 address in text the Blessing of the Altar. But also a little bit more. 20. Then the bishop goes to bless the altar. Meanwhile the following … Continue reading

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RDCA V, 8-19: Blessing a Church, Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word

The outline for the first two parts of the Mass for blessing a church: Introductory Rites Entrance into the Church          Greeting Blessing and Sprinkling of Water Hymn: Gloria Opening Prayer The entrance is a simple one, the third form … Continue reading

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RDCA V, 1-7: Blessing of a Church, Introduction

What differentiates between a church dedication and a blessing? Today’s post will cover it. Chapter V of the RDCA addresses the rite for blessing a church. The introduction is fairly brief and we’ll cover it today. The rites themselves should … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 57-64: Liturgy of the Eucharist

The rite gives two possible antiphons “(w)hile the gifts are being brought.” From the sermon on the mount: If you are bringing your gift to the altar, and there you remember that your neighbor has something against you, leave your … Continue reading

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