Baptism » Preparing Myself

PathwaysAfter your acceptance into the Order of Catechumens now is the time to prepare to be ready to undertake this commitment.

You will be guided and supported through the various steps including the period of enlightenment and purification to prepare yourself for baptism

The second step in Christian initiation is the liturgical rite called both election and the enrolment of names. The celebration of the rite of election, usually coincides with the opening of Lent,

At this second step, on the basis of the testimony of godparents and catechists and of the catechumens’ reaffirmation of their intention, the Church judges their state of readiness and decides on their advancement toward the sacraments of initiation. Thus the Church makes its ‘election,’ that is, the choice and admission of those catechumens who have the dispositions that make them fit to take part, at the next major celebration, in the sacraments of initiation.

This step is called election because the acceptance made by the Church is founded on the election by God, in whose name the Church acts. The step is also called the enrolment of names because as a pledge of fidelity the candidates inscribe their names in the book that lists those who have been chosen for initiation.

Before the rite of election is celebrated, the catechumens are expected to have undergone a conversion in mind and in action and to have developed a sufficient acquaintance with Christian teaching as well as a spirit of faith and charity. With deliberate will and an enlightened faith they must have the intention to receive the sacraments of the Church, a resolve they will express publicly in the actual celebration of the rite.

The election, marked with a rite of such solemnity, is the focal point of the Church’s concern for the catechumens. Admission to election therefore belongs to the bishop, and the presiding celebrant for the rite of election is the bishop himself.

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