The Prayer of Reception
The priest lays his hand upon the head of the candidate as a sign of their reception into the Christian life; a life filled with Divine Grace.
We are born into a sinful reality. Even before we learn to cooperate with Satan, we are his victims. Through a series of prayers the priest calls upon Almighty God to free and protect the candidate from the powers of darkness and deceit, so that the candidate might be able to join Christ in holiness and purity.