I think the handing on of the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer which is done at the end of the catechumenate, offers a wonderful opportunity for catechesis and formation on the basis of christian belief, both to those who will soon receive the full Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, as well as the local community.
The Elect as they are now called are on the last step of their journey of Christian Initiation during the Period of Purification and Enlightenment. As well as celebrating the Scrutinies on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays’ of Lent, the Elect also have three Presentations, which shuld normally be celebrated during Sunday mass. But Lent is generally a very busy period and if your Parish has Elect preparing to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, it can seem quite a feat to celebrate the Presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer during Sunday Mass. There are times when for practical reasons it cannot happen. So what can you as a team do?
Well this is one of those times when the routine of having those involved in RCIA attend regular sessions each week gives you a time and a place to celebrate the presentations.
Although you could have a weekday mass, the presentations can work very well having an RCIA session with a Liturgy of the Word, (so avoiding the need for Dismissal of the Elect had the Eucharist been celebrated) and having invited some of the parish to attend.
- The readings are set out in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at #103-104,; #144-149; #165-170; and #184-186. For example for the Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer the 1st reading is from Hosea, the 2nd Reading is from Romans or Galatians, and the Gospel is that of Matthew with the Lord’s Prayer.
- Having a Liturgy of the Word with some of the parish being present with the Elect, Sponsors etc as well as those who may be remaining in the catechumenate, can provide an intimate occasion and one which is very rich spiritually to those present.
- TIP: Remind the Elect to journal through Lent: on the rites and celebrations.