Last night I went to RCIA and we had to introduce ourselves to these two new people that are going to join. When it came my turn, I told them about myself, etc. and then I mentioned that “unfortunetely, I wont be able to be recieved into the Church until next Easter Vigil…” something like that. My RCIA director quickly stopped me and said something like that no, that’s not it; that since I’m already a candidate, I wont have to wait until next year!!! :eek: Wow!!! She said something like I can’t join quite yet until I get “all things together” meaning I still need to know more about the faith, etc. then I can join! This cute old lady sitting next to me said something like unless you want to wait and enjoy more of the fun at Easter Vigil! Oh my! My jaw dropped to the ground! I couldn’t believe it! I talked to the RCIA director after the session and asked if she was serious and yes! I asked her would I do this individually and she said that the parish would prefer not to but if the other two new people (they are candidates too! Whew!) are ready then we all three would make our statement of faith (Nicene Creed)!
This made my night!
This is great news! You are in the same position as my beloved wife who also will be received into full communion at that time as well. We just finished the Rites of Sending and Election last weekend and the Cathedral was PACKED! Sometimes we don’t get all the info that we need to really now what’s going on. Like, did you know that although you can’t recieve the Eucharist until Easter, you can go up with you arms crossed on your chest and receive a special Eucharistic blessing every time you attend Mass. I didn’t even think about it until our RCIA director asked why my wife didn’t come up at communion time with me…(DUH…me). Just go up arms crossed and bow your head when it’s your turn. Cool huh?
Do you know how to make a spiritual communion?
An Act of Spiritual Communion
Oh My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
This is something that can be done any time we cannot receive sacramentally, and there is nothing wrong with doing it often even when we can’t attend Mass.
My other favorite thing is the Anima Christi after recieving or making a spiritual communion: The indulgences for these two are really great and I urge to you research that and take full advantage of them since we all need all the graces we can get dontcha think?
Here’s the Anima Christi: (That I LOVE!)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within your wounds, hide me
Never let me be parted from You
From the malicious enemy, defend me
In the hour of my death call me and bid me come to You
That with all your saints I may praise You
Forever and ever, Amen.
Take good care my dear sister.