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Within the RCIA period of “purification & enlightenment”, which mirrors and runs concurrently with Lent, are the “scrutinies”, celebrated with the elect during Mass on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent. The scrutinies take seriously the profound love of God and the desire of God to bring all people to fullness of life and salvation. To that end, the scrutinies 1) raise up and expose whatever keeps the transforming love of God from freeing us, which is sin and evil, and 2) raise up dimensions of life that welcome the loving presence of God, thus encouraging full life. The scrutinies claim for the elect the saving and transforming love of Christ who is the living water (theme of 1st scrutiny), the light of the world (theme of 2nd scrutiny), and the resurrection and the life (theme of 3rd scrutiny).
While the scrutinies are celebrated for the elect, our candidates and the community should also derive benefit from the prayer and intercessions of these liturgies for their own personal reflection, since we, too, seek to be delivered from the present and future consequences of sin and to be strengthened in the midst of our own spiritual journey in order to be ever more fixed on Christ. Let us each intentionally and prayerfully join in these rites with intercession for both the elect and for ourselves on this journey we share!
† The 1st scrutiny will be during the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent, Mar 18/19.
† The 2nd scrutiny will be during the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Mar 25/26.
† The 3rd scrutiny will be during the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Apr 1/2.
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Contact the RCIA Core Team to inquire or become involved: Deacon Don Craighead, Director, 615-870-0488
Bill Chalfin, 615-948-0529 Al Fleck, 615-868-5650 Debra Head, 615-851-1908 Don Steinhilber, 615-265-8375
† The RCIA—not just a ministry but the ministry of the Church! †
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