2013 – The Scrutinies

What are the Scrutinies?

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.”

For the 5th Sunday of Lent – 16 March 2013 Sat – the RCIA Catechumens will have the 3rd Scrutiny at our mass. Importantly, readings are taken from Year A (Year A Lent readings relate to their baptismal journey).
What do we need to do?
1. Read about what the scrutinies are to have a better understanding
2. Prepare the Liturgy for our mass
– Entrance antiphon unchanged & hymns have been chosen according to Year A readings
– Conductor & Animator:  Go through the text to familiarise yourself. The rite will take place immediately after the homily.  The catechumens will be seated at the usual place at the first few pews of the centre wing. Once the rite is completed, Offertory follows immediately (the creed and Universal prayers are omitted)  
– Cantor: Year A psalm & Gospel acclamation
If you are interested to follow the 1st & 2nd scrutinies, here are the other dates:
  • 1st SCRUTINY – 3rd Sun of Lent (03 Mar) – 11.15 am 
  • 2nd SCRUTINY – 4th Sun of Lent (10 Mar) – 9.15 am

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The recital will take place: 23rd October 2016 Venue & Time: Church of the Holy Family, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

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This small recital in this Year of Mercy is to help raise funds for Caritas, and to bring together current members, alumni and friends of Genesis II Choir to lend their God-given talent to this cause.

In conjunction with the parish’s 80th Anniversary, this fundraiser is also an opportunity to share beloved sacred choral music, a rich Catholic legacy, alongside modern music with the public, and the message behind the Year of Mercy.

The repertoire ranges from the likes of classics such as Salve Regina and O Magnum Mysterium to contemporary favourites such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Twila Paris’ The Warrior is a Child.

We would also like to be able to help raise awareness of Caritas as a charitable organisation and what it does: 100% of ticketing proceeds will benefit Caritas Singapore.


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