PCS 292-296: Viaticum and Concluding Rites

These five sections finish up emergency initiation. They follow closely the viaticum rites discussed earlier at 192-196. PCS 292 introduces and prayer the Lord’s Prayer. 293-294 give the Communion rite.

The blessing is given in 295, with options. If any of the Eucharist remains, it may be used to make a sign of the cross in blessing the sick person. This section refers back to blessing forms given earlier in PCS 147, option B or C, the concluding rituals for anointing outside of Mass or within Mass. As we saw before in other rituals, the sign of peace is placed at the end of the initiation liturgy.

Peace as a gesture of leave-taking seems to be the theme of the PCS. I note that in the initiation option without Communion (289) the rite gives no provision for an exchange of peace–the Lord’s Prayer concludes the liturgy.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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