RCIA 220-221: Invitation and Litany of Saints


The presider invites the assembly to pray:

Dear friends, let us pray to almighty God for our brothers and sisters, N. and N., who are asking for baptism. He has called them and brought them to this moment; may he grant them light and strength to follow Christ with resolute hearts and to profess the faith of the Church. May he give them the new life of the Holy Spirit, whom we are about to call down on this water.

This invitation really takes on the character of a prayer. I think the first sentence is enough, followed by a bit of silence.

RCIA 221 offers the Litany of the Saints. I’m not going to reproduce the whole text, but the rubric deserves some notice:

The singing of the Litany of the  Saints is led by cantors and may include, at the proper place, names of other saints (for example, the titular of the church, the patron saints of the place or of those to be baptized) or petitions suitable to the occasion.

There’s no alternative given for singing the litany. This would be the first musical highlight of the Rite of Baptism. My sense would be that this musical directove should also apply to infant baptisms.

I do hope you music directors and catechumenate coordinators are together on adding the saints suggested here. What about “petitions suitable to the occasion”? Reminding you, these are the post-saint petitions:

Lord, be merciful … Lord save your people
From all evil
… Lord save your people
From every sin … Lord save your people
From everlasting death … Lord save your people
By your coming as man … Lord save your people
By your death and rising to new life … Lord save your people
By your gift of the Holy Spirit … Lord save your people
Be merciful to us sinners … Lord, hear our prayer
Give new life to these chosen ones by the grace of baptism
… Lord, hear our prayer
Jesus, Son of the Living God … Lord, hear our prayer

The obvious additions would be in parishes dedicated not to a saint, but to an event, like the Nativity or the Transfiguration, or some quality of Christ, like “the Teacher” or “Light of the World.” Any other solid and orthodox thoughts on additional petitions here?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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