Section VI of RDCA Chapter II covers, “Requisites for the Dedication of a Church.” We’ll take the first three of these numbered sections 21 through 25 today:
21. For the celebration of the rite the following should be prepared:
a) In the place of assembly:
- The Roman Pontifical;
- processional cross;
- if relics of the saints are to be carried in procession, the items in no. 24a.
b) In the sacristy or in the sanctuary or in the body of the church to be dedicated, as each situation requires:
- The Roman Missal;
- The Lectionary;
- container of water to be blessed and sprinkler;
- container with the chrism;
- towels for wiping the table of the altar;
- if needed, a waxed linen cloth or waterproof covering of the same size as the altar;
- basin and jug of water, towels, and all that is needed for washing the bishop’s hands and those of the priests after they have anointed the walls of the church;
- linen gremial;
- brazier for burning incense or aromatic spices; or grains of incense and small candles to burn on the altar;
- censer, incense boat and spoon;
- chalice, corporal, purificators, and hand towel;
- bread, wine, and water for the celebration of Mass;
- altar cross, unless there is already a cross in the sanctuary or the cross that is carried in the entrance procession is to be placed near the altar;
- altar cloth, candles, and candlesticks;
- flowers, if opportune.
See anything of note, either an omission or inclusion?
This next bit includes an item I haven’t often seen in parish churches. But my parish does have four wall brackets for holding lighted candles. We light them on the dedication anniversary (8 April) and our patronal feast (28 January, or the nearest Sunday).
22. It is praiseworthy to keep the ancient custom of hanging on the walls of the church crosses made of stone, brass, or other suitable material or of having the crosses carved on the walls. Thus twelve or four crosses should be provided, depending on the number of anointings (see no. 16), and fixed here and there at a suitable height on the walls of the church. Beneath each cross a small bracket should be fitted and in it a small candlestick is placed, with a candle to be lighted.
23. For the Mass of the dedication the vestments are white or of some festive color. The following should be prepared:
- for the bishop: alb, stole, chasuble, mitre, pastoral staff, and pallium, if the bishop has the right to wear one;
- for the concelebrating priests: the vestments for concelebrating Mass;
- for the deacons: albs, stoles, and dalmatics;
- for other ministers: albs or other lawfully approved dress.