Ordinariate Rite of Election

11 02 2011

This version of the Rite of Election with the Celebration of the call to continuing conversion of candidates for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, has appeared on the Reading Ordinariate Group site courtesy of the Ordinary, Fr Keith Newton, and the Archdiocese of Westminster.


The bishop addresses those present

Bishop: The Holy Father, Pope Benedict, when he spoke at the end of his visit to this country asked that we should be generous in our welcome of those who seek to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church within the Ordinariate. Within our own diocese groups who seek this full communion have been preparing for admission to the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist at the end of Lent. I now invite those who desire to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church, to stand (or come forward).

The Candidates stand or come forward

Bishop: My dear friends, these candidates, our brothers and sisters, have asked to be able to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. Those who know them have judged them to be sincere in their desire. During the period of their preparation they continue to reflect on the mystery of their baptism and have come to appreciate more deeply the presence of Christ in their lives. They have shared the company of their brothers and sisters, joined with them in prayer, and endeavoured to follow Christ’s commands more perfectly. And so I am pleased to recognise their desire to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church.

Recognition of the Candidates

The bishop addresses the candidates

The Church recognises your desire to be sealed with the Holy Spirit and to have a place at Christ’s Eucharistic table. Join with us this Lent in a Spirit of repentance. Hear the Lord’s call to conversion and be faithful to your baptismal covenant.
Candidates: Thanks be to God.

The bishop addresses the whole community

Bishop: My dear friends, I ask you to support these candidates in faith, prayer and example as they prepare to participate more fully in the Church’s Sacraments. Be generous in your welcome and offer them a place in your hearts and in your communities. Be ready, in turn, to be enriched by the gifts they may have to offer. May they see in you a love for the Church and a sincere desire for doing good. Lead them this Lent to the joys of the Easter mysteries.