The First Scrutiny

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

This Sunday we celebrate the 1st Scrutiny for our 12 RCIA students who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil here at St. James Parish.

The scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life. These rites, therefore, should complete the conversion of the elect and deepen their resolve to hold fast to Christ and to carry out their decision to love God above all. Because they are asking for the three sacraments of initiation, the elect must have the intention of achieving an intimate knowledge of Christ and his Church, and they are expected particularly to progress in genuine self-knowledge through serious examination of their lives and true repentance.

INVITATION TO SILENT PRAYER FOR ELECT
After the homily, the elect with their godparents come forward and stand before the celebrant.

God of power, You sent your Son to be our Savior. Grant that these Elect, who like the woman of Samaria, thirst for living water, may turn to the Lord as they hear his word and acknowledge the sins and weaknesses that weigh them down. Protect them from vain reliance on self and defend them from the power of Satan. Free them from the spirit of deceit, so that, admitting the wrong they have done, they may attain purity of heart and advance on the way to salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

My dear friends, this community now sends you forth to reflect more deeply upon the word of God which you have shared with us today. Be assured of our loving support and prayers for you. We look forward to the day when you will share fully in the Lord’s Table.