CATECHISM FOR CONVERTS

The formation process for converts to the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church follows the Catechism of the ARRCC and is taught according to the following general structure.

Inquiry Phase

During the Inquiry Phase the Inquirer will meet on-on-one or in small groups with a catechist to go over the most basic of Christian Doctrinal Statements the Creed at their own pace.

Creed #1: I Believe in God, Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth

Creed #2: I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord

Creed #3: Holy Trinity

Creed #4: Mary

Creed #5: He Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried

Creed #6: He descended into Hell, on the third day He rose again, He ascended into Heaven.

Creed #7: He is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Creed #8: I Believe in the Holy Spirit

Creed #9: I believe in the Holy Catholic Church

Creed #10: The Communion of Saints

Creed #11: Forgiveness of Sins

Creed #12: Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting

The Inquiry Phase ends in the Rite of Acceptance to the Catechumenate, typically at least 22 weeks prior to The 1st Sunday in Lent.

 

Catechumenate

During the Catechumenate groups will meet twice per week once during the week and once on Sundays after being dismissed after the Mass of the Catechumens. The Life of Christ Lessons shall be for the weekday meeting, and the Sacramental/Mass Lessons shall be for the Sunday Meeting.

Life of Christ #1: Annunciation – Incarnation

Sacraments #1: Grace – Actual and Sacramental

Life of Christ #2: Visitation

Sacraments #2: Matter & Form

Life of Christ #3: Nativity

Sacraments #3: Sacraments of Initiation

Life of Christ #4: Presentation – Holy Family

Sacraments #4: Baptism

Life of Christ #5: Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Sacraments #5: Confirmation

Life of Christ #6: Baptism of Jesus – John the Baptist

Sacraments #6: Holy Eucharist

Life of Christ #7: Wedding at Cana

Sacraments #7: Confession

Life of Christ #8: Parables & Sermons of Jesus

Sacraments #8: Holy Orders

Life of Christ #9: Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

Sacraments #9: Holy Matrimony

Life of Christ #10: Transfiguration

Sacraments #10: Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick)

Life of Christ #11: Institution of the Holy Eucharist

Mass #1: Prayer

Life of Christ #12: Agony in the Garden

Mass #2: Liturgy

Life of Christ #13: Scourging at the Pillar (Flagellation of Christ)

Mass #3: Word

Life of Christ #14: Crowning with Thorns

Mass #4: Eucharist

Life of Christ #15: Carrying the Cross

Mass #5: Meal

Life of Christ #16: Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ

Mass #6: Transubstantiation

Life of Christ #17: Resurrection – Easter

Mass #7: Sacred Vessels

Life of Christ #18: Ascension of Christ

Mass #8: Vestments and Linens (In the Roman Rite of the Church)

Life of Christ #19: Descent of the Holy Ghost – Pentecost

Mass #9: Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Tridentine Mass)

Life of Christ #20: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass #10: Exposition (Eucharistic Adoration)

Life of Christ #21: Mary: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Apparitions

Mass #11: Benediction

Mass #12: Sacred Triduum Liturgies

The Catechumenate typically ends prior to the First Sunday in Lent, The Final Lesson being moved to the weekday meeting as opposed to the Sunday, to allow for the rite of election to take place with the bishop or his appointee. The Rite of Election marks the end of the Catechumenate and the beginning of the Phase of the Elect.

 

PHASE OF THE ELECT

During the Phase of the Elect the Candidates will continue to meet twice per week as before now focusing on the penitential nature of Lent and the God calls us to live in the Ten Commandments.

Commandment #1: First Commandment

Commandment #2: Second Commandment

Commandment #3: Third Commandment

Commandment #4: Fourth Commandment

Commandment #5: Fifth Commandment

Commandment #6: Sixth Commandment

Commandment #7: Seventh Commandment

Commandment #8: Eighth Commandment

Commandment #9: Nineth Commandment

Commandment #10: Tenth Commandment

This Phase of the process typically culminates at the Easter Vigil when, the Elect are welcomed into the body of Christ through the sacraments of initiation and brought into full communion with the Church. After the Vigil the Neophytes enter into the final phase the Phase of mystagogy.

 

The Phase of Mystagogy

During Mystagogy the neophytes will meet once per week from Easter until Pentecost, and reflect on the Sacraments they have received at the Easter Vigil, and dive further into the faith by studying the old testament. The catechist may join together lessons in order to fit into the allotted time period or have more than one weekday meeting if necessary.

Old Testament #1: Adam & Eve

Old Testament #2: Noah & The Great Flood (i.e. Deluge)

Old Testament #3: Tower of Babel

Old Testament #4: Abraham and Isaac, Melchizadek, Covenant, Prefigurement

Old Testament #5: Jacob – Israel

Old Testament #6: Joseph – Famine

Old Testament #7: Moses, 10 Commandments, Plagues, Red Sea

Old Testament #8: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel

Old Testament #9: Kings – Saul, David, Solomon

Old Testament #10: Wisdom Books – Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Sirach

Old Testament #11: Major Prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel

Old Testament #12: Minor Prophets

Old Testament #13: Maccabean Revolt; Conclusion of Old Testament Lessons

After the end of Mystagogy the neophytes are encouraged to continue studying and should be encouraged to train to be parish catechist to help new converts coming into the church by sharing their own conversion experience.

 

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