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Education : Catechumenate : The Period of Purification and Enlightenment

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment

The faith journey now intensifies as the initial commitment becomes a deeper commitment to conversion to the Catholic faith. The period of Purification and Enlightenment is during the Lenten and Triduum period (Ash Wednesday to the Easter Vigil Mass). The relationship with the Catholic community deepens as preparation for the sacraments of initiation are anticipated.

The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful; and affirm what is holy. It is characterized by:

A time of recollection
Lenten retreat
Final preparation for the sacraments of initiation
Celebration of Lenten Rites

After the Rite of Election, the Catechumens are called "the Elect". During the period of the Purification and Enlightenment, rites are celebrated: the three  Scrutinies, the third, fourth and fifth day of lent, presentation of the Creed and the Lord's prayer, and preparation rites on Holy Saturday.  The candidates celebrate a rite of Purification on the second Sunday of Lent.

As the Period of Purification and Enlightenment comes to a close, the Elect and the Candidates are ready to take the final step in the process of conversion, The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter Vigil Mass.