Category Archives: e-Formation

The Rite of Sending and Election

RITE OF SENDING The rite of sending is a parish celebration that sends catechumens to the rite of election.  At the rite of election, usually on or about the First Sunday of Lent, the church names the catechumens to be baptized at Easter. The church must verify the readiness of the catechumens.  We do not…
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Ash Wednesday

The liturgical use of ashes originates in Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. Job (whose story was written between the 7th and 5th centuries B.C.) repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:6). (Dn 9:3). In the fifth century B.C., after Jonah's preaching of conversion and repentance, the town of Ninevah proclaimed a…
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Concluding Rites

When it is necessary, announcements may be made. The celebrant then blesses the people assembled. Sometimes, the blessing is very simple. On special days, the blessing may be more extensive. In every case, the blessing always concludes "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." It is in…
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Mass Structure and Meaning: Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the preparation of the gifts and the altar. As the ministers prepare the altar, representatives of the people bring forward the bread and wine that will become the Body and Blood of Christ. The celebrant blesses and praises God for these gifts and places them on the altar.…
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