The Rite of Election, celebrated annually in cathedrals and churches around the world on the first Sunday of Lent, formally acknowledges the readiness of catechumens preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil.
Bishop Murphy presided over two services last Sunday. Below are photos from the Rite of Election at St. Agnes Cathedral.
Jessica Brennan carries incense during the opening procession.
Deacon Raymond D'Alessio of St. Edward the Confessor Parish, Syosset, elevates the Book of Gospels.
Catechumens, their sponsors, and directors of parish religious education programs gather in the cathedral.
Catechumen Raymond Yeh of St. Dominic Parish, Oyster Bay, is joined by his wife and sponsor, Jasmine Yeh, during the service.
Elise Guzman, 17, of Holy Name of Mary Church, Valley Stream, stands during the presentation of the catechumens.
Jordan Amezquita, left, 14, and Elijah Guzman, 16, both of Holy Name of Mary Church, Valley Stream, stand during the presentation of catechumens.
Catechumens and their sponsors process to the sanctuary to sign the Book of the Elect.
Matthew Green of St. Pius X Parish, Plainview, signs the Book of the Elect as his sponsor, Jason Reidy, looks on.
Bishop William Murphy adds his name to the Book of the Elect
Jo-Ann Metzdorff, director of religious education at St. Agnes Cathedral Parish, Rockville Centre, carries the Book of the Elect during the closing procession.
Bishop William Murphy and a young catechumen pose for a photo after the liturgy.
All photos by Gregory A. Shemitz