The Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion is a significant occasion in the life of the local Church. The service, which was held at Leeds Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent, 26 February, marks a decisive step in the faith journey of people from across the diocese, who have been preparing over many months for the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation – which they will receive at the Easter Vigil.
Bishop Marcus led the service, during which the Church ‘elects’ catechumens and candidates and recognises them as being ready to receive the Sacraments, which are outward signs of inward grace. During the service the Bishop greeted each of the catechumens and candidates individually, and welcomed them into the family of the Church.
Catechumens are those individuals who have never been baptised and are preparing to be baptised at Easter. They will also be confirmed and receive the Eucharist, bringing them into full communion with the Catholic Church. Candidates are those who have been baptised in another Christian communion and are preparing to be receive the Eucharist and be confirmed at Easter.
The Catechumens and Candidates were accompanied by their sponsors and Godparents as well as family and friends and their Parish Priests, and at the end of the service they adjourned to Wheeler Hall for refreshments.
Please pray for all the elect, that they will be filled with grace this coming Easter as they venture forth on their spiritual path to a life in Christ, the Risen Lord.
An album of photographs from the service can be viewed here: https://www.patricksicephotography.co.uk/blog/the-rite-of-election-2023