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what is rite of election in the catholic church?

explain to me like im a 4 year old please, lol...i know little of catholic terminology.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Feb. 28, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • It's one of the ceremonies during the coversion year of a convert going through the RCIA process.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:37 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • It's where you affirm in public the lessons you have been learning during your RICA classes. This takes place on the first Sunday of Lent. You are asked questions as a group in front of the Church body. Such things as Do you believe in the trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. With which you answer I do. During these forty days you then reflect on the end of your journey what you will be receiving on Easter Vigil Mass. Also the Congregation is asked to help you through this time through prayer and encouragement, so you know that you are not taking this journey alone, but we are taking it with you. It's also something you elect to do. Something you are doing because you want to. Not because someone is telling you should. Just because you take the RCIA classes doesn't mean that you must become Catholic at this time. 


    Answer by oldermomof5 at 6:44 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • A "rite" is a formal litrgical serice. Those convering to Catholicism go through several rites that commemorate different points on the journey. Individual parishes often have a Rite of Sending where they send the Catechumens (those converting to Catohlicism) to the Cathedral or home church of the bishop. In the Rite of Election, usually the Catechumens from all the parishes (churches) in a diocese (group of Catholic churches in the same area) in front of the bishop (who is in charge of the diocese). During the rite, the names of the Catechumens are written in a Book of Elect as they affirm their promise to know, love and follow Christ. It signles them moving to the final preparation period for the conversion. This article talks about it a bit.


    Answer by eringobrough at 10:34 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

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