The concluding part of the Scrutiny rite is the prayer to free the Elect from the power of sin and evil.
It comes in two parts: the first addressed to the Father, the second to the Son, following the laying on of hands.
The prayer is a prayer of the Church, and an invitation to Jesus for his personal intervention and his care for those entrusted to him.
God of power, you sent your Son to be our Saviour.
Grant that these catechumens,
who, like the woman of Samaria, thirst for living water,
may turn to the Lord as they hear his word
and acknowledge the sins and weaknesses that weigh them down.
Protect them from vain reliance on self
and defend them from the power…
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