5th Grade March 3rd

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030313-year-a-scrutinies.cfm

  • HOMILY

INVITATION TO SILENT PRAYER FOR ELECT

Celebrant:
I now invite the Elect with their Godparents to come forward.
The celebrant first addresses the assembly of the faithful, inviting them to pray in silence and to ask that the elect will be given a spirit of repentance, a sense of sin, and the true freedom of the children of God.
Celebrant addresses assembly:

Today the Church calls the Elect to conversion.
To deepen their resolve to hold fast to Christ
and to carry out the decision to love God above all.
Let us all pray at this time in silence for them
to be given a spirit of repentance,
a sense of sin
and strength of will to live in true freedom as children of God.
The celebrant then addresses the elect, inviting them also to pray in silence and suggesting that as a sign of their inner spirit of repentance they bow their heads or kneel; he concludes  his remarks with the following or similar words:

My dear Elect, I invite you to join your prayers to this community of faith,
and to kneel as we intercede to God on your behalf.

  • INTERCESSIONS FOR THE ELECT
Woman at well“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything.” Cure blind“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,” Lazarus raised from the dead
“Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.”
personal sin (the Samaritan woman), to social sin (the people who reviled the man born blind), to the ultimate evil of death (Lazarus).
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.
R. Amen
Here the celebrant lays hands on the head of each of the candidates in silence.

Then, with hands outstretched over all of them, he continues:
Celebrant
:
Lord Jesus,
you are the fountain for which they thirst,
you are the Master whom they seek.
In your presence
they dare not claim to be without sin,
for you alone are the Holy One of God.
They open their hearts to you in faith,
they confess their faults
and lay bare their hidden wounds.
In your love free them from their infirmities,
heal their sickness,
quench their thirst, and give them peace.

Celebrant:

Father of mercy,
you led the man born blind
to the kingdom of light
through the gift of faith in your Son.
8Free these elect
from the false values that surround and blind them.
Set them firmly in your truth,
children of the light for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen
Here the celebrant lays hands on the head of each of the candidates in silence.

Then, with hands outstretched over all of them, he continues:
Celebrant:
Lord Jesus,
you are the true light that enlightens the world.
Through your Spirit of truth
free those who are enslaved by the father of lies.
Stir up the desire for good in these elect,
whom you have chosen for your sacraments.
Let them rejoice in your light, that they may see,
and, like the man born blind whose sight you restored,
let them prove to be staunch and fearless witnesses to the faith,
for you are Lord for ever and ever.

In the power of your name,
which we call upon in faith,
stand by them now and heal them.
Rule over that spirit of evil,
conquered by your rising from the dead.
Show your Elect the way of salvation in the Holy Spirit,
that they may come to worship the Father in truth,
for you live and reign for ever and ever.
R. Amen

Celebrant:
Father of lifeand God not of the dead
but of the living,
you sent your Son to proclaim life,
to snatch us from the realm of death,
and to lead us to the resurrection.
Free these elect
from the death-dealing power of the spirit of evil,
so that they may bear witness
to their new life in the risen Christ,
for he lives and reigns for ever and ever.
R. Amen

Here the celebrant lays hands on the head of each of the candidates in silence.

Then, with hands outstretched over all of them, he continues:
Celebrant:
Lord Jesus,
by raising Lazarus from the dead
you showed that you came that we might have life
and have it more abundantly.
Free from the grasp of death
those who await your life-giving sacraments
and deliver them from the spirit of corruption.
Through your Spirit, who gives life,
fill them with faith, hope, and charity,
that they may live with you always in the glory of your resurrection,
for you are Lord for ever and ever.
R. Amen

 

The initiation rites of the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent don’t have the most comforting of names. On these days we engage the elect in rites and prayers called scrutinies and exorcisms.

 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults explains it this way:

The scrutinies, which are solemnly celebrated on Sundays and are reinforced by an exorcism, are rites for self-searching and repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose. The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good. For 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.

The instruction goes on to say that the elect should “progress in genuine self-knowledge through serious examination of their lives and true repentance.” Three scrutinies are celebrated “in order to inspire in the elect a desire for purification and redemption by Christ. . . . From the first to the final scrutiny the elect should progress in their perception of sin and their desire for salvation.”

By means of the exorcism, the elect “are freed from the effects of sin and from the influence of the devil. They receive new strength in the midst of their spiritual journey and they open their hearts to receive the gifts of the Savior.”


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