On Sunday, March 9, Archbishop Julian Porteous presided over this year's Rite of Election at St Mary's Cathedral. In this simple ceremony, those preparing to be received into the Church were presented to the Archbishop by their godparents, sponsors and parish communities.
The Rite, normally held on the first Sunday of Lent, is a significant step in the faith journey of those seeking Christian initiation. Progress in the spiritual journey of those seeking Baptism (catechumens) was affirmed by their godparents, and then the Archbishop declared the catechumens to be members of the Elect, thus recognising God's call to them to proceed to the sacraments of initiation at Easter. As a sign of their faith, the catechumens inscribed their names in the Book of the Elect. The Archbishop signed the book as well.
Those already baptised in other Christian churches and seeking full communion with the Catholic Church (candidates) were welcomed by the Archbishop too. He encouraged them to spend the coming weeks of Lent in prayer, doing good works and fasting as they prepare to renew their baptismal commitment.
Participants in this year’s Rite came from Kingston-Channel, Sandy Bay and Launceston parishes.
The Tasmanian Catholic community assures them of our prayerful support during this time of preparation.