Purification and Enlightenment

Rites belonging to the Period of Purification and Enlightenment

The Scrutinies are for self-searching and repentance. They are for the unbaptized only.

They are celebrated on the third, fourth & fifth Sundays of Lent. The gospel readings used are those for year A: the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus.


If for some extraordinary reason, baptism is celebrated at a time other than Easter, the Scrutinies should still be celebrated beforehand, spaced appropriately.

During the season of Lent, the Church offers two presentations to the elect: the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. These are very ancient pre-baptismal rituals.


There is no physical presentation of either the Creed or the Lord’s prayer. They are passed from mouth to ear, heart to heart.

This site was designed with the
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now