OCF 112-118: Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body

The outline is straightforward, a blend of familiar prayers and blessings:

Sign of the Cross (OCF 112)
Scripture Verse (113)
Sprinkling with Holy Water (114)
Psalm (115)
The Lord’s Prayer (116)
Concluding Prayer (117)
Blessing (118)

The Scripture “verses” are actually small readings. Matthew 11:28-30 and John 14:1-3 are the given examples. I agree on the importance that these brief passages focus on Christ.

Three “formularies” are given for the optional Sprinkling of Holy Water:

A The Lord is our shepherd
and leads us to streams of living water.

B Let this water call to mind our baptism into Christ
who by his death and resurrection has redeemed us.

C The Lord God lives in his holy temple yet abides in our midst.
Since in baptism N. became God’s temple
and the Spirit of God lived in him/her,
with reverence we bless his/her mortal body.

These pieces, samples though they are, seem rather weak in focus. The first reads like a musical antiphon. The second and third like mini-homilies. I think ritual works fine to address God directly within earshot of the assembly.

OCF 115 gives two psalm samples, 130 and 115/116, while referencing other possibilities in OCF part III, number 345. Lord’s Prayer by all, Concluding Prayer by the leader, and then a final blessing. Very simple.


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