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Rite of Election, Leeds Cathedral 2015

Rite of Election, Leeds Cathedral 2015

Rite of Election, Leeds Cathedral 2015

On February 22nd, the First Sunday of Lent, people from around the diocese gathered with Bishop Marcus Stock at Leeds Cathedral for the Rite of Election and Affirmation. This liturgical celebration is for two groups of people: firstly the catechumens who are the adults and older children, who will be baptised, confirmed and who will receive the Eucharist for the first time at Easter; secondly the candidates who are already baptised and who will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter. More than 80 catechumens and candidates participated in the celebration and they were accompanied by their sponsors, families, parish priests and catechists.

The Rites of Election & Affirmation began with the Liturgy of the Word and the homily from Bishop Marcus. Bishop Marcus referred to the readings which told of the call of Samuel by God and the call of Simon Peter by Jesus. He assured the catechumens and candidates that they have been chosen by God and called by name. God knows each person and their story intimately. Bishop Marcus went on to welcome the catechumens and candidates to the cathedral and into the family of the Catholic Church.

After the homily the catechumens were called individually by name and invited to come forward with their sponsor to meet Bishop Marcus and to inscribe their name in the Book of the Elect. From this point the catechumens are known as The Elect. The next part of the Rite consisted of the candidates being presented to the Bishop. The sponsors were asked to affirm that the candidates are ready to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. The candidates were called forward to meet Bishop Marcus in parish groups. The celebration continued with the intercessions for the Elect and the Candidates and concluded with the blessing and dismissal. Throughout the celebration members of the cathedral choir led the singing of well known hymns and psalms.

After the Rites had concluded there were plenty of photo opportunities around the cathedral