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n.1.The state or condition of a catechumen or the time during which one is a catechumen.
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I have sometimes mentioned the size of our universe and God's unconditional love for all God's creation in catechumenate sessions, Bible studies and Liturgies of the Word with holy Communion.
This controlled period (the catechumenate) could last from months to years, and involved a private examination, a quizzing on the grounds for requesting accession to Christianity, accepting the rules of a Christian life, and the passing of a test at the end of the catechumenate, followed by a period of ascetism (fasting, vigils, kneeling and prayer) to test the rigour of faith and preparation for the baptismal battle with Satan (GoL, 149-150).
Using interesting observations from studies of photography, the catechumenate, role-playing video games, and social digital ministry, Schnekloth argues that new forms of media may enhance faith formation in ways frequently overlooked.
Admittedly, ecumenical engagement around the subjects of the catechumenate and baptism, while still challenging, was far less problematic than that which tackled what was seen by many to be the more pressing issue: the theology, practice, and ecclesiology of the eucharist.
Adult Catechumenate is both a challenge and an inspiration for the mission of the Church in today's society, in the context of the calling for a New Evangelization.
Baptism naturally forms a rich part of tradition, and accordingly the author reaches back to the earliest Christians, referring to an early liturgical book, the Didache, which teaches three parts to baptism: the catechumenate, which could last for years, the "ritual washing" and the blessing "with the Trinitarian name?
A first step in establishing a theological space for a discourse of encouragement, then, is to recognize the church's complex of initiatory rites: the revived catechumenate for baptismal preparation, baptism proper where the agent is the Holy Spirit, chrismation (anointing with oil that symbolizes the giving of the Holy Spirit in Origen's sense) and receiving the Eucharist, the beginning of on-going nourishment of baptismal identity.
The context of this passage is significant--the provision of guidance for church leaders about admitting people to the church's three-year catechumenate.
The Methodist Church has no formal equivalent to the catechumenate into which those who are preparing for adult baptism or full church membership in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches are admitted.
In Anglo-Saxon England, baptism was almost exclusively associated with Easter Day, with the catechumenate traditionally completed during Lent and baptism administered on Easter, Pentecost, or Epiphany.
He did, however, harbor serious reservations about the use of compulsion after that, particularly during the catechumenate.
Many churches have (re)discovered the importance of the catechumenate and preparation for the sacramental event.