Hello everyone, this is my first post to these forums. I am a lifelong Southern Baptist and an aspiring convert to Roman Catholicism. I haven’t started RCIA yet but have contacted my local priest and I hope to start the process very soon! I’ve been attending mass weekly for the last year or so (and browsing these forums for the last few weeks), but I still have a lot to learn about Sacred Liturgy. Thanks so much for your very thorough responses to others’ questions - I really have benefited from them.
I have two questions, and the first is about genuflection and the tabernacle. I understand we kneel before entering the pew because Christ’s body is present in the tabernacle. Was it put there after being consecrated in the previous service? (My understanding is that “consecrated host” means the transubstantiated host) When I kneel before the tabernacle’s consecrated host at the beginning of the mass, will that host be given out in that particular mass? I’ve never noticed the priest going to retrieve the host from the tabernacle before giving the Eucharist to the attendees, but it’s very possible I missed it happening.
I would also like to know if I need proof of baptism before being confirmed. I had a “believer’s baptism” when I was 8 years old in a Baptist Church, and the baptism was done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. My church doesn’t do baptism certificates, but I think there is a registry somewhere in the church office that indicates I was baptized on a certain date. Do you think that will suffice as proof of baptism? Or is it needed at all? Or does it depend on the parish?
Thank you very much!