The RCIA Process
--by Vickie Shepherd
The RCIA Process
The Alleluia has been buried.
Shades of purple veil each Church*
A mass of bramble is carefully bent to
Resemble the crown of thorns,
which Jesus wore without complaint.
A solemn reminder of the kingship,
of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The passion
of Jesus must ultimately bring us to
our knees, at the foot of the cross.
“These Catechumens whom I now present to you
have completed their period of preparation.
They have found strength in God’s grace,
And support in our community’s prayer and example.
They would now like to enter their final period of
Scrutiny and participate in the sacraments of
Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. * *
(Adapted from the RCIA Rite book)
During this part of the Rite, one of the team members will come forward and call your names for enrollment to the Easter Vigil Rite. The bishop will ask a few questions of you, and shortly after this your sponsors will be asked to stand with you as they are recognized. Their testimony is the final affirmation to the bishop. You are now the 'Elect of God'. Returning to your parish as a disciple ready to say “yes” to all Jesus, asks of you. Soon you will be joining us at the Eucharistic table and proclaiming your “Amen”. This is the Body of Christ with whom I am in communion!
* The color purple mentioned signifies royalty. Jesus is King!
* * The candidates for full communion will not be baptized (again), we recognize all Trinitarian baptisms as valid.
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