Deacon-structing the Catechumenate Part 3: RCIA
So far we’ve looked a little bit about why Lent has a baptismal character and we’ve looked at a particular component of the Catechumenate, the Rite of Election.
Before we go on, let me explain a bit more why it’s important to keep Baptism at the centre of our Lent. It’s not j ust that Lent has a baptismal character, but Baptism is important in our understanding of Lent.
The 40-day period that we know today as Lent developed in the fourth century from three different traditions. The first was a two-day fast that was observed before Easter. This practice began in the