This Wednesday the Church enters once again into the season of Lent. During the season of Lent, the catechumens (those preparing to belong to the Church) enter into the final period of purification and enlightenment. The journey of these elect during Lent is marked by more intense spiritual preparation, interior reflection and penance.
For those of us already baptised, our observance of Lent is an opportunity to journey in solidarity with the elect. We commit ourselves again to our baptismal calling. Our works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving allow us to focus intently once again on our relationship with God; the same relationship upon which the elect are focused at this time. As such, both baptism and penance characterise the Lenten season.
The new English translation of the Missal, which we began to use last year, now allows for either the Nicene or Apostle’s Creeds to be prayed for the Profession of Faith during Mass. The Apostle’s Creed is recommended in the Missal for the seasons of Lent and Easter, due to its connection with baptism. As such, we will pray the Apostle’s Creed at Mass during the seasons of Lent and Easter.