Liturgical Components of the Christian Initiation Process: Gateways and Sources of Grace for Conversion
“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.” (Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 10). The liturgy proclaims, celebrates and actualizes the Father’s loving plan for His people. The RCIA process has three aspects: liturgical, catechetical, and pastoral. Among these, the liturgical aspect is prime. In this arrangement, the three aspects of the catechumenal process are uniquely suited to facilitate conversion. The Church has given a liturgical, catechetical, and pastoral process designed especially to promote deep, long-lasting conversion to Christ and a love for the Church. This workshop will focus on the stages of the modern catechumenate, which derive directly from the ancient order of catechumens, and the way liturgical graces build and crescendo through the four periods of the RCIA process to make possible the plan of goodness born in the Father’s heart for each believer.