RDCA II, 6: The Minister of the Dedication Rite

Section III, Celebration of the Dedication, covers this and the following eleven numbered sections (II, 6-17). Today, we’ll take a quick look at the minister of the rite:

6. Since the bishop has been entrusted with the care of the particular Church, it is his responsibility to dedicate to God new churches built in his diocese.

If he cannot himself preside at the rite, he shall entrust this function to another bishop, especially to one who is his associate and assistant in the pastoral care of the community for which the church has been built or, in altogether special circumstances, to a priest, to whom he shall give a special mandate.

This is a bit more important than the blessing of the site or the laying of the foundation stone, as an auxiliary or retired bishop is the second choice behind the diocesan bishop, and not the pastor.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to RDCA II, 6: The Minister of the Dedication Rite

  1. In the reformed Roman Rite there are only two liturgical actions reserved exclusively to the bishop, ordinations and the consecration of chrism. And even these have been theologically debated. Here we see for a clear preference for a bishop, but when that is not possible, a priest may be delegated. In such a case the priest who does so is given a special mandate, so as to ensure the link between the bishop, the chief shepherd of the local church, and the celebration of the Dedication. The 1974 draft of the rite further qualified the circumstances of entrusting the dedication to a priest as a grave reason.

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