Friday, February 11, 2005

Up and Coming 

I'm not sure why, but the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese will be celebrating the Rite of Sending and the Rite of Election a week later than many areas. I think many locations around the country will be performing these rites this weekend, on the 13th. Fort Wayne-South Bend will be Sending and Electing on the 20th. I think these rites are supposed to be performed on the 1st Sunday of Lent.

In the Rite of Sending, we will write our names in a book in front of the congregation before our normal dismissal. In the Rite of Election, we will go to the Fort Wayne Cathedral, sit as a group with our sponsors, and have our name read out (along with all the others in our diocese who are joining the church) for Bishop D'Arcy (and perhaps get to shake his hand).

Our next step will be to go through some Scrutiny and to confession sometime during Lent. From what I've read, and this hasn't been communicated to us very well, the three rites of scrutiny and exorcism (yes, exorcism) should be performed on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. The Scrutinies are prayers for us so that we can look deeply into ourselves and discern what and how we need to change in order to live a good life in Christ. I couldn't find a decent link to any description of the Scrutiny Rites or Scrutiny prayers.

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