The Precatechumenate

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The RCIA process begins with a season of prayer and preparation that is known as the precatechumenate. During this stage, the gospel is proclaimed and every potential catechumen is welcomed and embraced by the community, all in preparation for the more formal structure of the catechumenate that will follow.

Each stage of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has a distinct character. Although the rites invite creativity and adaptation according to the local needs, the process is not...


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