Sacraments of Initiation
Part 2 History

Chapter i20 Summary History of  Christian Initiation


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Part 2 History

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The Reconciliation of Penitents
Part Four:  Commissioning

Overview of the Commissioning Rites

Historical Survey

Documentation

Pastoral Reflection

Suggested Questions for Discussion

Historical Survey

A rite must end and the assembly disperse. Early in our history a form was given to these ritual endings. The congregation was not satisfied with simply going home.

During the period of canonical penance the shape of the ending of the rite depended on whether or not eucharist was to follow. In Rome, down to the seventh century, there was no Mass on Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday was simply a day for the reconciliation of penitents; the eucharist to which the penitents were admitted was the solemn celebration of the Paschal Vigil. The rite of reconciliation ended very simply with the blessing of the bishop and the dismissal by the deacon. In other churches, however, there is evidence that by the middle of the sixth century two Masses were being celebrated on Holy Thursday: one for the reconciliation of penitents and an evening Mass commemorating the Lord' Last Supper. In seventh century Rome we find three Masses: one in the morning for the reconciliation of penitents; one in the middle of the day for the blessing of the holy oils; and a third in the evening, the commemoration of the Lord' Supper. The Masses at midday and in the evening began with the presentation of the gifts, because the liturgy of the word had been celebrated in the morning at the Mass for the reconciliation of penitents. The rite of reconciliation was followed by the procession with the gifts for the eucharist.

The tariff penance did not have an ending as such: the penitent simply left to do the penance.

Confession as we knew it after Trent ended simply: after the penitent said the act of contrition, accompanied by the priest giving absolution in Latin, the priest would switch to the vernacular language and give the penitent some indication that the sacrament was over, for example: "Go in peace. May God bless you." The penitent then left the confessional, sometimes saying: "hank you, Father."

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Documentation

Rite of Penance

7 cont. In order that this sacrament of healing may truly achieve its purpose among the faithful, it must take root in their entire life and move them to more fervent service of God and neighbor.

The celebration of this sacrament is thus always an act in which the Church proclaims its faith, gives thanks to God for the freedom with which Christ has made us free, and offers its life as a spiritual sacrifice in praise of God' glory, as it hastens to meet the Lord Jesus.

20 cont. The penitent continues his conversion and expresses it by a life renewed according to the Gospel and more and more steeped in the love of God, for "love covers over a multitude of sins"(1 P.t. 4:8).

30. After the prayer of Thanksgiving the priest blesses the faithful. Then the deacon or the priest himself dismisses the congregation.

Music in Catholic Worship

40. The concluding rite [of the Mass] consists of the priest' greeting and blessing, which is sometimes expanded by the prayer over the people or another solemn form, and the dismissal which sends forth each member of the congregation to do good works, praising and blessing the Lord.

A recessional song is optional. The greeting, blessing, dismissal, and recessional song or instrumental music ideally form one continuous action which may culminate in the priest' personal greetings and conversations at the church door.

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Pastoral Reflection

The concluding rites of the sacrament are both the way in which the ritual is brought to a close and the transition to go forth from the church to continue the work of reconciliation and to become instruments of Christ's peace. The concluding rites should aid this continuation and prolongation of the sacrament.

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Suggested Questions for Discussion

What are some practical ways in which those celebrating the sacrament can continue the work of reconciliation and become instruments of Christ's peace?

Is it appropriate to assign a common penance for all at this time?

Is it appropriate to indicate some "good work" that would continue the work of reconciliation and express it by a life renewed according to the Gospel?

Are announcements appropriate at this time? Why or why not?

Is it appropriate to take up a collection at this time? Why or why not?

In your parish do the concluding rites seem more an ending of the service or a commissioning to go forth to the world?

What symbols and symbolic gestures are appropriate at this time?

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