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

RDCA IV, 49-56: Anointing, Incensing, Lighting

After the dedication prayer, the altar is anointed (49). Two possible psalms accompany this action (50-51): the 45th outside of the Easter season (updated to verses 1-8 in the 2003 draft), and the 118th (with verses 1, 16-18, 21-27), for … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 40-48: Word and Dedication

The rest of the rite for the dedication of an altar consists of the Liturgy of the Word (40-42) followed by the extended rituals of dedication and anointings. I won’t belabor the particulars until we get to the dedication prayer, which … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 31-39: Dedicating an Altar, Introductory Rites

This will be a relatively brief post compared to the ground we covered for the church dedication. For an altar’s rite, there is an entrance procession (31) largely as at a usual Mass, or exactly as in the dedication of … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 27-30: Requisites for the Dedication of an Altar

Part VI wraps up the introduction to the dedication of an altar. Start with a list: 27. For the celebration of the rite the following should be prepared: The Roman Missal; The Lectionary; The Roman Pontifical; the cross and the … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 26: Pastoral Preparation

Part five of chapter IV is brief, just this one numbered section, but I think it gives us a good springboard for discussing within the parish how to prepare people for the celebration: 26. The people are to be informed in … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 24-25: Adaptation of the Rite

As is true of all rites, adaptations are possible at the judgment of the conference of bishops, and others at the judgment of the minister. The fourth section of this chapter details proper adaptations: Adaptations within the Competence of the … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 23: Celebration of the Eucharist

A “closest harmony” concludes the Mass, according to saintly tradition: 23. After the altar has been prepared, the bishop celebrates the eucharist, the principal and the most ancient part of the whole rite,(See Pope Vigilius, Epistula ad Profuturum Episcopum 4: … Continue reading

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