The first Scrutiny

During the year, different RCIA-related things happen at Mass. Depending on which Mass you go to, you may see one of them on Sunday. The first of the three Scrutinies (they happen on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays in Lent).

So who’s being scrutinized? The Elect. The candidates for Baptism in RCIA.

They’ve been learning about the faith for months now. Which sounds like this should be a public grilling or a Catholic trivia contest.

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Actually, the Scrutinies are a public sign of the parish’s support for the Elect in their spiritual preparation for Baptism.

Which is why there is so much emphasis in the Scrutinies on the faithful praying together for the Elect. While the Scrutinies are very brief, they can be deeply moving.

And not just for the Elect.

More on this tomorrow.

Sunday’s Readings


BTW, this is actually a thing. It’s an app created by the Dominicans in Australia.