More than 60 people on their journey to become members of the Catholic Church were personally greeted by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Rite of Election service at St John's Cathedral in Norwich on Sunday.
A total of 30 Catchecumens and 32 Candidates from across the Diocese of East Anglia gathered at the cathedral with their sponsors to take part in the Rite of Election, an important stage along their journey as they undergo the final stages of RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults) and prepare to be either Confirmed, or to be received into the Full Communion of the Church and receive the Eucharist for the first time, both of which take place at the Easter Vigil.
In his homily, Bishop Alan said to them: "Today is a celebration of your hope and trust in Jesus Christ, to whom you turn for salvation. Today you are being elected, chosen, called to salvation. The Church rejoices with you as she numbers you amongst all those who have been called and chosen.
"During Lent, together with the whole Church, you are being called to turn to the Lord. You are being called to deepen you commitment to Him and so grow in holiness. You are being called to become saints of God.
"This call is not just for special people, but for everyone. We are all called to become like Jesus Christ."
There were individuals and groups from Cambridge, Peterborough, Ipswich, Norwich, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, St Ives, Ely, Huntingdon, Whittlesey, King's Lynn and North Walsham.
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