Looking Within 3-4-2018

St. Mary Catholic Community Downtown Royal Oak Looking Within“The education of the conscience is a lifelong task...The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.” CCC 1784

On Sunday, March 4 at the 11 a.m. Mass we will celebrate the “First Scrutiny” for those elect who are preparing for the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. The following week, at the 11 a.m. Mass, we will celebrate the “Second Scrutiny,” and on March 18 at the 11 a.m. Mass, the “Third Scrutiny.”

The scrutinies are among the most ancient prayers in the Christian liturgical tradition. The elect (those who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation) will look within themselves to find anything that keeps them from Christ. Then they will look to Jesus to heal those weaknesses and strengthen them when faced with temptation.

As early as the second century, Christian communities would help those who had been chosen for Baptism to prepare for their initiation by laying on hands and by prayers for protection and deliverance from evil. At the beginning of the third century, Hippolytus told the Christians at Rome to celebrate these rites with catechumens (now the elect) on a daily basis during the final stages of preparation for Baptism.

Today we continue to celebrate these powerful rituals. Your prayers and your support are important for our sisters who have been journeying for so many months toward the sacraments of Christian initiation.

Yours in Christ,

Christine Wagberg, Pastoral Associate