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|Liturgy of the Preparation|
|Liturgy of the Word|
|Great Litany |
Litany of Fervent Supplication
Litany for the Departed
Litany of the Catechumens
|Liturgy of the Eucharist|
|Cherubic Hymn |
Litany of the Completion
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Prayer for and by the catechumens
This litany is composed of petitions for the catechumens as they prepare for baptism. In it, the faithful pray for the catechumens, asking that the Lord may have mercy upon them, illumine them with the Gospel of Truth, and unite them to his Holy Church, granting them "in due time the laver of regeneration, the remission of sins, and the robe of incorruption" in baptism.
There may not be any catechumens present at the service, but the Church prays for all catechumens everywhere.
Dismissal of the catechumens
The litany concludes with a dismissal of the catechumens and the closing of the doors of the temple to all but baptized members in good standing. The catechumens are prayed for and dismissed from the Divine Liturgy since, as not yet baptized, they can not receive the Eucharistic gifts. In the early Church all those under penance for their sins, and all who were not receiving Holy Communion, also left the liturgical gathering at this time.
At present, the dismissal of the catechumens has become only a reminder of the past, since it is not the case that noncommunicants, or even the nonbaptized, depart the gathering of the Eucharistic liturgy.