147. The presentations take place after the celebration of the scrutinies, unless, for pastoral reasons, they have been anticipated during the period of the catechumenate…. Thus, with the catechumenal formation of the elect completed, the Church lovingly entrusts to them the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, the ancient texts that have always been regarded as expressing the heart of the Church’s faith and prayer. These texts are presented in order to enlighten the elect. The Creed, as it recalls the wonderful deeds of God for the salvation of the human race, suffuses the vision of the elect with the sure light of faith. The Lord’s Prayer fills them with a deeper realization of the new spirit of adoption by which they will call God their Father, especially in the midst of the eucharistic assembly.
148. The first presentation to the elect is the presentation of the Creed, during the week following the first scrutiny. The elect are to commit the Creed to memory and they will recite it publicly…prior to professing their faith in accordance with that Creed on the day of their baptism.
149. The second presentation to the elect is the presentation of the Lord’s Prayer, during the week following the third scrutiny…. From antiquity the Lord’s Prayer has been the prayer proper to those who in baptism have received the spirit of adoption. When the elect have been baptized and take part in their first celebration of the eucharist, they will join the rest of the faithful in saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Presentation of the Creed (Third Week of Lent)
157. The presentation of the Creed, which takes place during the week after the first scrutiny, should preferably be celebrated in the presence of a community of the faithful, within Mass after the homily.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
158. In place of the readings assigned for the weekday Mass, the following readings are used, as indicated in the Lectionary for Mass, ritual Masses, “Christian Initiation: Presentation of the Creed”.
First Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-7 – Listen Israel: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 – R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
Second Reading: Romans 10:8-13 – The confession of faith of the elect – or 1 Corinthians 15:1-4(-8a) – The Gospel will save you only if you keep believing what I preached to you.
Verse before the Gospel: John 3:16 – God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son, that all who believe in him might have eternal life.
Gospel: Matthew 16: 13-18 – On this rock I will build my Church – or John 12:44-50 – I, the light, have come into the world, so that whoever believes in me need not remain in the dark any more.
159. After the readings and guided by them, the celebrant explains in the homily the meaning and importance of the Creed in relation to the teaching that the elect have already received and to the profession of faith that they must make at their baptism and uphold throughout their lives.
Presentation of the Creed
160. After the homily, a deacon or other assisting minister says: Let the elect now come forward to receive the Creed from the Church. Before beginning the Apostles’ Creed (option A) or the Nicene Creed (option B), the celebrant addresses the elect in these or similar words: My dear friends, listen carefully to the words of that faith by which you will be justified. The words are few, but the mysteries they contain are great. Receive them with a sincere heart and be faithful to them.
A Apostles’ Creed
The celebrant alone begins: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
As the elect listen, he continues with the assembly of the faithful: creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
B Nicene Creed
The celebrant alone begins: We believe in one God,
As the elect listen, he continues with the assembly of the faithful: the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, we proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayer Over the Elect
161. Using the following or similar words, the celebrant invites the faithful to pray: Let us pray for these elect, that God in his mercy may make them responsive to his love, so that through the waters of rebirth they may receive pardon for their sins and have life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All pray in silence.
Then the celebrant, with hands outstretched over the elect, says: Lord, eternal source of light, justice, and truth, take under your tender care your servants N. and N. Purify them and make them holy; give them true knowledge, sure hope, and sound understanding, and make them worthy to receive the grace of baptism. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
Dismissal of the Elect
Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer (Fifth Week of Lent)
178. The presentation of the Lord’s Prayer, which takes place during the week after the third scrutiny, should preferably be celebrated in the presence of a community of the faithful, within Mass.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
179. In place of the first reading assigned for the weekday Mass, the following two readings are used, as indicated in the Lectionary for Mass, ritual Masses, “Christian Initiation: Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer”.
First Reading: Hosea 11:1b, 3-4, 8c-9 – I have led you with cords of love.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3z, 3b-4, 5, 6. R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Or Psalm 103:1-2, 8 and 10, 11-12, 13 and 18. R. As a father is kind to his children, so kind is the Lord to those who fear him.
Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17, 26-27 – You have received the Spirit that makes you God’s children and in that Spirit we cry out, “Abba, Father!” or Galations 4:4-7 – God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, “Abba, Father!”
Verse before the Gospel: Romans 8:15 – You have received the Spirit which makes us God’s children, and in that Spirit we call God our Father.
Gospel Reading (Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer)
180. After the first and second reading, an assisting deacon or other minister says: Let those who are to receive the Lord’s Prayer now come forward.
The celebrant first addresses the following or similar words to the elect: Listen to the gospel reading in which our Lord teaches his followers how to pray.
The gospel reading follows: A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew. At that time Jesus said to his disciples: “Say this when you pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
181. After the gospel presentation, the celebrant in the homily explains the meaning and importance of the Lord’s Prayer.
Prayer over the Elect
182. After the homily, the celebrant, using the following or similar words, invites the faithful to pray: Let us pray for these elect, that God in his mercy may make them responsive to his love, so that through the waters of rebirth they may receive pardon for their sins and have life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All pray in silence.
Then the celebrant, with hands outstretched over the elect, says: Almighty and eternal God, you continually enlarge the family of your Church. Deepen the faith and understanding of these elect, chosen for baptism. Give them new birth in your living waters, so that they may be numbered among your adopted children. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
Dismissal of the Elect