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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Next three weeks: The Scrutinies
At next Sunday’s 10:30 Mass six people preparing to become Catholic here in our parish, through the Journey in Faith group, will undertake the first of the traditional ‘Scrutinies’.
The next two scrutinies will take place at different Masses over the following two weekends.
These Masses will include particular Gospels, as explained below. The Church’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (141-145), states that the scrutinies are:

“rites for self-searching and repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose. The scrutinies are meant to uncover, and then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good. For the scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.
“ ... the elect must have the intention of achieving an intimate knowledge of Christ and his Church, and they are expected particularly to progress in genuine self-knowledge through serious examination of their lives and true repentance.

In order to inspire in the elect a desire for purification and redemption by Christ, three scrutinies are celebrated. By this means, first of all, the elect are instructed gradually about the mystery of sin, from which the whole world and every person longs to be delivered and thus saved from its present and future consequences.

Second, their spirit is filled with Christ the Redeemer, who is the living water (gospel of the Samaritan woman in the first scrutiny), the light of the world (gospel of the man born blind in the second scrutiny), the resurrection and the life (gospel of Lazarus in the third scrutiny). From the first to the final scrutiny the elect should progress in their perception of sin and their desire for salvation.
“ ... faithful in the assembly will also derive benefit from the liturgy of the scrutinies and join in the intercessions for the elect.”

posted by Sinead Reekie at 12:47 pm