Preparing for the Sacraments
Before the Sacraments of Initiation can be administered, the catechumens (now known as the Elect) undergo a final period of purification and enlightenment. The Elect spend this period, which falls during the forty days of Lent, in intense prayer and preparation. They are expected to repent of past sins and to reflect on their character and on their readiness to join the Church.
The Elect participate in several further rituals, called scrutinies, on Sundays throughout Lent. The scrutinies are rites for self-searching and repentance whose aim is to heal qualities that are weak or sinful while strengthening those that are positive and strong. During this period, the Elect are also formally presented with the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer, both of which they recite on the night they are initiated.