Sacraments of Initiation
Part 3 The Rite for Adults and Children

Chapter i35 The Easter Vigil

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Vigil

Structure and Elements

History

The Proper Time and Place for Baptism

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

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Vigil

1. Vocabulary: Inscription, purification, godparent, illumination, presentation, rites, scrutinies, competence, elect, election, enlightenment, Order of the Faithful, immersion, infusion.

2. Passage from the Order of the Catechumens to the Order of the Faithful.

3. Vigil = night watch

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Structure and Elements

1. Gathering    Light, Easter Candle
2. Story Telling
3. Initiating  Receiving / Incorporating
    a.  Baptism -- Immersion Rite
        a1  BRK Water -- candle impregnate water
        a2  Faith -- formula -- form
        a3  immersion: I Baptize you...
        a4  garment -- put on Christ
        a5  candle -- light of Christ
   b.  Confirmation
4. Meal Sharing  Eucharist. The Climax of the Vigil
5. Commissioning

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History

1. Easter Vigil

2. Expansion to colder countries and Pentecost is added -- gives water 50 more days to warm up

3. All adults baptized (but not all catechized); need encouragement to bring their children. Original Sin provides that encouragement.

4. Original Sin teaching plus high infant mortality leads to "Quam primum" (as soon as possible). Godmother's role replaces mother's role.

5. Reformation: Adults / Believer Baptism.

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The Proper Time and Place for Baptism

What = Death and Resurrection
When = Sunday
Sunday during Eucharist
Especially at the Easter Vigil
Sunday during Eucharist, but not Sundays during Lent
Development:  Only on Baptismal Days (Vigil, Pentecost, Baptism of the Lord, All Saints) = January, April, June, November - once each season of the year.)

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To Think About

 

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