3rd Period

Period of Purification and Enlightenment

This period tends to correspond with Lent and is intended to be a period of increased introspection and coming closer to God. The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful, and affirm what is holy. During this period the Elect undertake a number of Rites, including the Scrutinies and Presentations:

The outlines of these Rites are as follows:

First Scrutiny (3rd Sunday of Lent):

Liturgy of the Word

  • Readings
  • Homily
  • Invitation to Private Prayer
  • Intercessions for the Elect
  • Exorcism
  • Dismissal of the Elect

Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Presentation of the Creed (3rd Week of Lent):

Liturgy of the Word

  • Readings
  • Homily
  • Presentation of the Creed
  • Prayer over the Elect
  • Dismissal of the Elect

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Second Scrutiny (4th Sunday of Lent):

Liturgy of the Word

  • Readings
  • Homily
  • Invitation to Private Prayer
  • Intercessions for the Elect
  • Exorcism
  • Dismissal of the Elect

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Third Scrutiny (5th Sunday of Lent):

Liturgy of the Word

  • Readings
  • Homily
  • Invitation to Private Prayer
  • Intercessions for the Elect
  • Exorcism
  • Dismissal of the Elect

Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer (ideally the 5th Week of Lent):

Liturgy of the Word

  • Readings
  • Homily
  • Gospel (Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer)
  • Homily
  • Prayer over the Elect
  • Dismissal of the Elect

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation Rites on Holy Saturday:

– Recitation of the Creed
– Ephphetha
– Choosing a Baptismal Name
– Concluding Rites

The Candidates meanwhile prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with an optional Penitential Rite Scrutiny. This takes place on the 2nd Sunday of Lent.