Sacraments of Initiation
Part 2 History of
Initiation

Chapter i28 Christian Initiation during the Period Before Vatican II  [1900-1959]

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Overview 1900-1959

The Liturgical Movement

 

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

Pius X lowers age for reception of Eucharist. BCE sequence broken. Confirmation replaces Eucharist as culmination of initiation. BEC becomes B (Penance) E C. 1900 The Liturgical Movement. 1896-1980 Jean Piaget studies child development.

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Bibliography

Johnson, Chapter 9: Christian Initiation in the Churches Today.

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Overview of Initiation1900-1959

In general, the sacraments of initiation in the Roman Church were celebrated as they were during the previous period.

Very little changed. 

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The Liturgical Movement

At the turn of the century something happened....

There was a general, growing interest in the worship of the Church, the history of the liturgy, the meaning of the ceremonies, etc.

Some attribute this to the Holy Spirit.  [Some don't.]

Review my comments on the Liturgical Movement given in Chapter d28 The Liturgy during the Period before Vatican II

 Pope Pius X restores First Communion to age of reason (7 yr.)

Pius XII restored the Easter Vigil to Holy Saturday. There was no Christian rite of initiation, but the liturgy included renewal of Baptism promises.

The growth of the parish schools allowed the training of most catholic children for First Communion and Confirmation to be accomplished as part of the school's curriculum.

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To Think About

1. What could St. Pius X have done to keep the order of the sacraments of initiation intact?

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