A Pray Tell reader writes with some interesting and important questions:
If safety restrictions are not released until after Holy Week, how much can be adapted for the initiation sacraments? My boss and I have discussed using the Pentecost Vigil for baptism and confirmation. But that could be optimistic. What if we go beyond that?
Would we celebrate a different Mass for the Vigil of a Sunday in Ordinary Time? And if so, what would it be? A votive Mass for baptism/confirmation with expanded readings, plus the rites? A local bishop could sign off on that, I suppose. But would they? What would it mean if some nations or regions were free of restrictions and others were not?
Would we resume Lent to cover the scrutinies for the unbaptized? How does this put the wrench into First Communion and Confirmation Masses? On the latter point, will bishops just delegate to their pastors? Or roll like mad to get it done this summer?
How are you thinking about celebration of the initiation rites this year?