Purification and Enlightenment

This is a period of more intense spiritual preparation, consisting more in interior reflection than in catechetical instruction, and is intended to purify the minds and hearts of the elect and candidates (RCIA #139).

This phase constitutes the immediate preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation and reception into the Church, the third major liturgical step in one’s RCIA journey.

  • For the Unbaptized — Easter Vigil
  • For the Baptized — Easter Vigil or at any other time they are prepared to make the Profession of Faith and have made a good confession [firm purpose of amendment].

Profession of Faith: I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God. (RCIA #491)

Reception of Baptized Christian into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church (RCIA #473-498)

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