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imagery did not reflect or relate to an existent ritual practice. And since the twelve-syllable pattern may in some instances have guided Narsai in preferring one term over another, one must be careful in concluding too hastily that he did or did not know a particular term. Indications of this phenomenon

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2.1 Theodore of Mopsuestia Theodore’s baptismal homilies present a rather orderly chronological picture of the baptismal rite, basically divided between the rituals preceding the mystery and the rituals of the mystery itself. The first step of the rite consists of the registration of the catechumen

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5.1 Theodore of Mopsuestia 5.1.1 Description and Discussion of the Rituals The rituals of the apotaxis (from ἀποτάσσομαι, ‘to renounce’) and syntaxis (from συντάσσομαι, ‘to swear allegiance to’) probably occurred at the Easter Vigil, although it cannot be completely excluded that they took

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4.1 Theodore of Mopsuestia 4.1.1 Description and Discussion of the Ritual After formal enrolment, the baptizand experiences a ritual which Theodore calls both a ‘Lawsuit’ (‮ܕܝܢܐ‬‎) and a ‘ceremony of exorcism’ (‮ܡܘܡܝ̈ܬܐ‬‎): 1 Because you are unable by yourselves to plead against Satan and to fight

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rite, since it makes no sense to speak of ‘pre-baptismal’ rituals if ‘baptism’ encompasses the whole rite under investigation. In such a case it would be better to use ‘pre-immersion’. It is a small step from structure to meaning. Of course, our structural grid does not affect the order of events as

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3.1 Theodore of Mopsuestia 3.1.1 Description and Discussion of the Rituals Theodore describes the ritual as follows (italics mine): He, therefore, who is desirous of drawing near to baptism comes to the Church of God through which he expects to reach that life of the heavenly abode. He ought to