RCIA 353-361: Exceptional Circumstances: Baptism


The baptism rituals of RCIA 353-361 outlined:

Invitation to Prayer
Prayer over the Water
Profession of Faith
– Renunciation of Sin
– Profession of Faith
Explanatory Rites
– (Clothing with a Baptismal Garment)
– Presentation of a Lighted Candle

Two things are omitted that we find at the Easter Vigil: the presentation (or identification) of the candidate, which we can assume takes place in the first part of the liturgy. The Litany of Saints is also missing.

RCIA 354 gives rubric and text for the Prayer over the Water. Same options as in RCIA 222: three blessings for unblessed water, or two thanksgiving prayers over already blessed water. The Profession of Faith (355-357), including Renunciation of Sin: just as in the regular adult rite (223-225).

After baptism (358), the optional clothing with a white garment follows (360), then the presentation of a lighted candle–not optional.


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