The Year of Faith with its liturgical emphasis reveals to us that believers are in union with Christ and with one another in their journey of faith. Faith is not lived in a ghetto, apart from other believers. Our assemblies for worship become a center point of living the Christian faith. The Spirit of God increases our faith by increasing the number of those who worship together. The door of faith is opening wider during this Year of Faith as we turn our hearts to those whom Christ is calling to join his body the Church in worship. There is a process with ancient roots for doing this. It is called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
The rediscovery and practice of the RCIA is one of the most beneficial fruits of the Second Vatican Council, which we remember these days.
The process of initiating adults into the faith follows the pattern of integrating a study of God’s word (with its call to communion with God) and prayer (especially prayer with the Church – liturgy) and living in the image of Christ (following God’s commandments). The program is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) because some steps in the process are marked by rituals, e.g. Rite of Election at the beginning of Lent when the candidates are officially called to the Easter Sacraments – their names are inscribed in the book.
We offer these materials on our website, which is open to all believers – new and old — so that everyone can journey and deepen their faith as well.
There cannot be a fruitful Year of Faith without this journey by the whole Church.