Get used to the acronym, GICI. (Like the GIRM, but not GIRM.) With this post, we begin the examination of the 35 sections of the General Introduction to Christian Initiation. Not nearly as long as the GIRM, but important in laying a groundwork for the sacramental reforms of the initiation sacraments. GICI draws heavily on the documents of the Second Vatican Council and on Scripture in making a case for the renewal of these sacraments as practiced by western Catholics.
1. In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We receive the Spirit of filial adoption and are part of the entire people of God in the celebration of the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection. (Ad Gentes 14)
A good summary of section 14 of the Vatican II Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity. It implies the Christian life is one of freedom, but not of personal happiness. It is for a reason that immersion baptism more clearly reflects the reality of initiation: not a cleansing from sin, though baptism does do that. Initiation is about a whole new way of life and living, as part of the family of God, adjoined to the Trinity. The Eucharist points us not just to Holy Thursday, but also to Good Friday and to Easter. Every celebration of the Eucharist should remind the believer of the whole scope of the Paschal Mystery, what we know as the passion and resurrection of Christ, the son of God.