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  • n. Plural form of catechumen.


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  • Of course, the presence of a Muslim among the catechumens is a sign for the Islamic world.


  • The oil of catechumens is blessed and saluted in like manner; and with the remaining part of the mass the rite terminates.

    04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004

  • Messe, _ "of 1526, he writes:" Catechism is an instruction whereby heathen who desire to become Christians are taught and shown what they must believe, do, not do, and know in Christianity, hence the name catechumens was given to pupils who were accepted for such instruction and who learned the Creed previous to their baptism. "

    Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • The disciples baptized the catechumens, and breathed the Holy Ghost into their mouths, as Jesus Christ had breathed on the apostles; and as, in many churches, it is still the custom to breathe into the mouth of a child when administering baptism.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • As for Jesus Christ Himself He received baptism but conferred it on no one; His apostles baptized the catechumens, or circumcised them as occasion required; this is evident from the operation of circumcision performed by Paul on his disciple Timothy.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • A. Persons who were being instructed and prepared for baptism, in the first ages of the Church, were called catechumens, and they are frequently mentioned in Church history.

    Baltimore Catechism No. 3 (of 4)

  • Our Saviour breathed on His apostles, when He said 'Receive ye the holy Ghost': and hence his ministers breathe over the chrism, by which the Holy Ghost is conferred in confirmation, and over the oil of catechumens, which is used in other sacred rites.

    The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome

  • To this end he procured admittance into a hospice for catechumens, that is to say, a house established for the reception of proselytes.


  • "Although the bishop usually does baptize the catechumens," he said,

    Saint Athanasius The Father of Orthodoxy

  • Now the multitude of the possessed indeed is unholy, but it is next above the catechumens, which is lowest.

    Dionysius the Areopagite, Works (1897)


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