RCIA 464-472: Penitential Rite


The Pentitential Rite, the quasi-scrutiny for the baptized, includes a greeting (RCIA 464) in which the priest “welcomes the assembly” and an explanation that this rite will have “different meanings for the different participants.” And those participants: candidates, those preparing for First Penance, sponsors, catechists, priests, etc..

The rite prescribes that “(a) song may be sung that joyfully expresses faith in the mercy of God the Father.”

If the rite does not take place on a Second Sunday of Lent, a prayer (465) is given to replace the Opening Prayer of the Mass:

Lord of infinite compassion
and steadfast love,
your sons and daughters stand before you
in humility and trust.
Look with compassion on us
as we acknowledge our sinfulness.
Stretch out your hand
to save us and raise us up.
Do not allow the power of darkness
to triumph over us,
but keep us free from sin
as members of Christ’s body,
and sheep of your own flock …

Readings (466) are taken from the Second Sunday of Lent or, on another day, “appropriate readings from the Lectionary” are used. The homily (467) is addressed to “all those in the assembly” on the topic of “conversion and repentance … and of the spiritual journey of the candidates.” An invitation to silent prayer (468) follows, then the candidates bow heads or kneel, during which the sponsors and congregation join in intercessions (469).

RCIA 470 gives a choice of two two-part prayers. These are very similar to the exorcism prayers used during the scrutinies (RCIA 154, 168, 175): a first part addressing the Father, and a second addressing the Son. “An appropriate song may be sung,” and the examples given are the same as for the scrutiny: Psalm 6, 26, 32, 38, 39, 40, 51, 116:1-9, 130, 139, or 142.

RCIA 471-472 repeat the conclusions of the other candidate rites 457-458, 444-445, 432-433.

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