The Rite of Election, an annual liturgical celebration is the most significant evangelization event of the liturgical year in any diocese. Catechumens (the unbaptized) and candidates (already baptized and on the journey to full communion with the Church) come to the Cathedral with their sponsors.
They come to bear witness to their developing faith and their commitment to Christ and the Church. They come to gather, in the presence of their Bishop for the first time, to declare their intentions and their commitment to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, or to be joined fully to the Church. They come to experience, for the first time, a sense of belonging to a larger, universal church and to celebrate with others on the journey.
Year after year parish leaders say that this experience is profoundly moving for those who participate, and a cause of celebration for the entire Church, for this event is being celebrated throughout the Church in the United States and around the world.
The 2017 Rite of Election will be held on the first Saturday & Sunday of Lent, March 4,
2017 @ 7:30 p.m. and March 5, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.
Forms and Information
Rite of Election Letter to all Pastors, Parochial Vicars, DREs & Permanent Deacons
Rite of Election Form for Submitting Names
Rite of Election Points to Remember
Outline for the Rite of Election