How Rituals Form and Transform: The Scrutiny Rite from Medieval to Modern Times

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How Rituals Form and Transform: The Scrutiny Rite from Medieval to Modern Times

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dc.contributor.advisor Witczak, Michael G en_US
dc.contributor.author MANN, PATRICIA Mary en_US
dc.contributor.other Schreiber, Margaret en_US
dc.contributor.other Dooley, Catherine en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-01T11:46:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-01T11:46:13Z
dc.date.created 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-03-01T11:46:13Z
dc.identifier.other MANN_cua_0043A_10153 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/9309
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Religious Education/Catechetics. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description.abstract How Rituals Form and Transform: The Scrutiny Rite from Medieval to Modern TimesPatricia M. Mann, Ph.D.Director: Michael Witczak, SLD"Ritual catechesis" is a popular topic among today's liturgists and catechetical leaders, but this dyad has long been a topic in the Church. The Fathers of the Church knew ritual catechesis and treated it in their preaching. This dissertation explores the scrutiny rite as an important part of the catechumenate process. Scrutinies flourished in the fifth century, faded into disuse in the Middle Ages, and have been restored to regular Lenten Sunday practice since the Second Vatican Council. Our study is methodological: how does the ritual of the scrutinies, as catechesis, form and transform? The study begins with the relationship among liturgy, ritual, and catechesis. Catherine Bell serves as a guide to Ritual Studies. Then, turning to the history of Christian initiation, I explore evidence about the scrutinies from Roman and Frankish liturgical sources, following Antoine Chavasse's insights. After the collapse of the scrutiny into a single celebration (eighth century), the medieval ritual re-expanded in a process of restoration before and after the Second Vatican Council. The 1988 pastoral adaptation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for the United States is a key source for my final reflections. The last chapter integrates the liturgical and theological study of the previous chapters, to reveal the scrutiny as a source of catechesis. The scrutiny emerges as a transformative ritual. It catechizes through gestures and words. The early medieval scrutiny was dramatic, taking place while the elect stood fasting and naked as Satan was adjured to be gone. The present rite, less dramatic, still evokes transformation by its symbols and words. The scrutinies catechize the elect in an active way about Satan, evil, and the victorious power of grace. This catechesis is a formation that combines intellect and emotion, liturgy and teaching, word and act, to touch the hearts and minds of the elect. It affects and effects who they are as members of the Church. The scrutiny forms and transforms a new member of God's People, a new part of Christ's body, a new building block in the temple of the Spirit. en_US
dc.format.extent 294 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Religious Education en_US
dc.subject.other Catechesis en_US
dc.subject.other Catechumenate en_US
dc.subject.other Scrutiny en_US
dc.title How Rituals Form and Transform: The Scrutiny Rite from Medieval to Modern Times en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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