Rite of Election is held on the first Sunday of Lent which marks the beginning of this annual Lenten observance, as the church celebrates the Rite of Election of catechumens who have been preparing for baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist.
This year the event took place on the afternoon of Sunday, 6th March 2022 in the Cathedral Church St Anne, Leeds, and was led by Right Reverend Marcus Nigel Stock, MA, STL, Tenth Bishop of Leeds, Very Rev Canon Matthew Habron Dean Of Leeds Cathedral and Very Rev Canon Timothy Swinglehurst Episcopal Vicar For Education.
A large congregation gathered in the Cathedral, made up of Catechumens and Candidates together with their sponsors, Godparents, and family and friends.
Candidates and catechumens were given a warm welcome as they began the final part of their journey towards being received into full communion with the Catholic Church this Easter.
Parishes from across the Diocese were represented and all those going forward to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.
All Photographs from the service at the Cathedral Church of St Anne by Patrick Sice