- What is the meaning of the symbol of ashes on Ash Wednesday and where do the ashes come from?
- What are the fasting regulations for Lent?
- Should we empty the baptismal font for Lent?
- But aren’t we fasting from water during Lent? Like Jesus did in the desert?
- Who signs the Book of the Elect?
- Should the elect choose a baptismal name?
- How is the catechesis for the elect in Lent different than catechesis during the catechumenate period?
- What are the “Presentations” and how are they celebrated?
- Do we have to use Year A readings for the RCIA scrutinies?
- What are the proper prayers for the scrutinies?
- How can we make the scrutinies more meaningful for the assembly?
- What is the history and purpose of the scrutinies?
- If the elect don’t rehearse the scrutinies ahead of time, how will they know what to do?
- Do child catechumens celebrate the scrutinies?
- Why can’t we celebrate a Seder Meal on Holy Thursday?
- What are the Holy Saturday preparation rites and how are they celebrated? (Free retreat outline.)
- Any tips for celebrating the Easter Vigil?
1 thought on “17 frequently asked questions about Lent”
Great list, Nick. I’ve been asked sometimes whether catechumens may receive ashes. The answer I give is yes, it’s fine. Ashes are a sacramental that can be shared before baptism. The experience of gathering with the faithful on this day is also important. It is a communal occasion (even though it is not a holy day of obligation)with a strong tradition and meaning. But it shouldn’t overshadow Election, for those who are going to be Elect. (And I’m sure it doesn’t.)