RCIA 160-163: Creed, Prayer, Dismissal, Eucharist


Let’s put together the rest of the Presentation of the Creed. The elect are called forward after the homily–remember: only the unbaptized, okay? The celebrant instructs in “these or similar words.”

My dear friends, listen carefully to the words of that faith by which you will be justified. The words are few, but the mysteries they contain are great. Receive them with a sincere heart and be faithful to them.

Then the priest or deacon, along with the assembly, recite either the Apostle’s Creed or the Nicene Creed. The elect “listen,” as the rubric instructs.

RCIA 161 gives the Prayer over the Elect:

eternal source of light, justice, and truth,
take under your tender care
your servants N and N.

Purify them and make them holy;
give them true knowledge, sure hope, and sound understanding,
and make them worthy
to receive the grace of baptism.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Then we have the dismissal of the elect, with four options just like RCIA 67, 116, or 136, followed by the celebration of the Eucharist … if you’ve invited a baptized assembly.

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