2018 Rite of Election Highlights
The Rite of Election is celebrated on or near the First Sunday of Lent with all adults and children of catechetical age who are completing their period of preparation, who have found strength in God’s grace and support in the prayer and example of the community. These celebrations took place at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph on February 11th and at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton on February 18th. They come to the Rite of Election asking that after the celebration of the scrutinies on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent that they be admitted to the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at the upcoming Easter Vigil.
Bishop Crosby is the celebrant of this solemn rite, which is the focal point of the Church’s concern for catechumens as they enter the final period of preparation for baptism.
Within the celebration he delivers the Homily and after receiving the testimony from godparents and the entire gathered community of the baptized to ensure those who are presented
- â— have faithfully listened to God’s word proclaimed by the Church,
- â— responded to that word and begun to walk in God’s presence,
- â— shared the company of their Christian brothers and sisters and joined them in prayer
he asks the catechumens if they wish to enter fully into the life of the Church through the sacraments of initiation.
The catechumens then enroll their names in the Book of the Elect after which the Bishop declares them to be members of the elect, those chosen by God to become God’s daughters and sons through the sacred mysteries at the next Easter Vigil.
The celebration concludes with intercessions for the elect.
During the season of Lent the Book of Elect is on display near the ambry at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King as a sign of the prayer of the faithful of the Diocese of Hamilton for all those journeying to the waters of Baptism at the Easter Vigil.
Look mercifully, we pray, upon your chosen ones,
that your compassionate and protecting help
may defend both those yet to be born anew
and those already reborn.
Please see below for highlights from the Rite of Election at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, with photographs taken by Mike Perron, and the Rite of Election at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton, with photographs taken by our Communications Office.