Rite of Election of Catechumens


Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara,professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: We celebrated the Rite of Election of Catechumens. I am confused about the rite of purifications during the Sundays of Lent. My understanding is that with the rite of election the catechumen has given his consent to God to be baptized in the Catholic Church. Am I wrong in presuming that it is God who calls the catechumens to conversion? The Church is only the medium for God to act. Please explain why it is compulsory for the catechumens to undergo these rites if they have already consented to become Catholics and the Church has accepted them as the elect to be baptized during the Easter Vigil. — C.A., Muar, Malaysia.

A: Our reader refers to adults who will be baptized during the Easter Vigil Mass. The various rites and stages that they are required to undergo before baptism are described in the introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. We shall base our reply on the English language version although there may be some differences between countries. (Read or download the entire Rite of Election of Catechumens.)

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