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The formal testing of catechumens before their Baptism in the early Church. The 1972 RC Order for Adult Baptism includes three ‘scrutinies’ of catechumens; these comprise a homily, prayers, and laying on of hands after the Gospel in the Eucharist on certain Sundays in Lent. The word is used also for the examination of candidates for Holy Orders.

Subjects: Christianity.

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