This new edition of Father Yarnold's 1972 authoritative work has been recast so that it corresponds throughout with the Rite of Christian Initiation as it now exists. Anyone with a serious pastoral or scholarly interest in the rite will benefit from this definitive, readable blend of history, theology, patristics, and liturgy.
Each period and step of the RCIA is explained and compared to the fourth-century rite after which the modern one was modeled. In addition to more subtle improvements, this second edition gives a clearer and more accurate account of the three anointings, and a better explanation of the scrutinies.
The sermons of Cyril, Ambrose, Chrysostom, and Theodore, which form the basis of our understanding of the rite as originally celebrated, are conveniently gathered in this one volume in an accurate and readable English translation, with introductions and notes.
Yarnold has given the Church a masterful work, and done it in an easy-to-read prose. He is a good writer, simple in style, yet profound in treatment. This work could well be used by any serious liturgy committee or adult initiation team. Because the subject is profound, it does require work, but it is work that will be well-rewarded. I give this book a seven on my scale of seven.
? Pastoral Music
Jesuit Fr. Edward Yarnold's The Awe Inspiring Rites of Initiation: The Origins of the RCIA is itself awe-inspiring... This well-documented historical study is sure to receive respectful attention. Perhaps RCIA teams and neophytes ought to attend to parts of the book. It is sure to edify and challenge and provide a happy sense of continuity as well.
? National Catholic Reporter