The scrutinies are for the “elect” (catechumens become “elect” after the Rite of Election at the beginning of Lent). The faithful are encouraged to join in the scrutinies. We are all in need of conversion throughout our lives, so we join with the “elect” in scrutinizing our lives & pray for the grace to overcome the power of sin that infects our hearts.
“The scrutinies, which are solemnly celebrated on Sundays & are reinforced by an exorcism, are rites of self-searching & repentance & have above all a spiritual purpose. The scrutinies are meant to uncover, 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 & Satan, to protect them against temptation, & to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, & the life. These rites, therefore, should complete the conversion of the elect & deepen their resolve to hold fast to Christ & to carry out their decision to love God above all.”
“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 & every person longs to be delivered & thus saved from its present & 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 & 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 & their desire for salvation.”
- 1st SCRUTINY – 3rd Sun of Lent (03 Mar) – 11.15 am
- 2nd SCRUTINY – 4th Sun of Lent (10 Mar) – 9.15 am