We’ve covered the instructions on baptism and confirmation. The third sacrament awaits:
The Neophytes’ First Sharing in the Celebration of the Eucharist
217. Finally in the celebration of the Eucharist, as they take part for the first time and with full right, the newly baptized reach the culminating point in their Christian initiation. In this eucharist the neophytes, now raised to the ranks of royal priesthood, have an active part both in the general intercessions and, to the extent possible, in bringing the gifts to the altar. With the entire community the share in the offering of the sacrifice and say the Lord’s Prayer, giving expression to the spirit of adoption as God’s children that they have received in baptism. When in communion they receive the body that was given for us and the blood that was shed, the neophytes are strengthened in the gifts they have already received and are given a foretaste of the eternal banquet.
Check our earlier discussion on Confirmation, and note here the emphasis on the neophyte as royal priest.
How would you interpret an “active part” in the intercessions and as bearers of gifts to the altar? In my parishes, often the role of prayer leader is set aside for one of the neophytes. When there are a large number of neophytes initiated, we can often involve most or all of them in a full dressing of the altar: mat, cloths, corporal, candles, as well as the bread and wine.
The Lord’s Prayer as an element of a theology of adoption: nice.