Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

PCS 297-298: Scriptures for the Pastoral Care Rites

The Pastoral Care rites offer lots of readings. Section 297 offers suggestions for visiting the sick, praying for the sick, and anointing. The nine Old Testament offerings are a pretty weak variety. Four from Job, three from Isaiah, plus Elijah … Continue reading

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PCS 292-296: Viaticum and Concluding Rites

These five sections finish up emergency initiation. They follow closely the viaticum rites discussed earlier at 192-196. PCS 292 introduces and prayer the Lord’s Prayer. 293-294 give the Communion rite. The blessing is given in 295, with options. If any … Continue reading

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PCS 285-291: Liturgy of Christian Initiation

When we get to the examinatino of RCIA, we’ll look at the fullĀ adult initiation rites thoroughly. The emergency rites in the PCS date between the provisional first edition of RCIA (the brown book, 1972) and the current rite (1988)–remember the … Continue reading

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PCS 283-284: Liturgy of the Word

PCS 283 suggests two possible gospel readings: Matthew 22:35-40 (the greatest commandment) and John 6:44-47 (belief leads to eternal life). Section 284 gives the text of a litany–eight intercessions that focus on the intentions of the sick person, focused mainly … Continue reading

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PCS 281-282: Brief Instruction and Dialogue

The initiation rites begin with an informal greeting followed by a dialogue with the sick person. First: 281. The minister greets the family and then speaks with the sick person about the request for baptism and, if the sick person … Continue reading

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PCS 278-280: Recovery and Children

Let’s wrap up the introduction to Christian Initiation for the Dying. First, two sections that describe the church’s expectations should a dying person recover after being initiated: 278. One already admitted as a catechumen must make a promise to complete … Continue reading

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PCS 276-277: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist

276. Anyone, catechumen or not, who is in danger of death may be baptized with the short rite that follows, as long as such a person is not at the point of death and is able to hear and answer … Continue reading

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