Dear Orthodox Family:
Please remember that the catechumens need you for more than just prayers. Now, prayers are wonderful, and should never be dismissed. They are very much one of the vital aspects of the bedrock in a thriving Christian existence.
Nevertheless, an active involvement in fellowshipping with any catechumen is just as much a necessity as communicating with our Lord on their behalf.
Here are Three things that any and every Orthodox parishoner can do when it comes to the catechumen:
*Again, prayer is always an essential action for journeying with the Lord, especially within Orthodoxy. So, it needs no place on this list. Consider it a prerequisite as you relate to the catechumen (and as you have already taken your faithfulness to the Lord seriously).*
- Make it a point to reach out to them during the week. Do not let the only time they hear from you be before or after the liturgy (or other service inside of the parish). Your taking the initiative in reaching out to them will make them feel more at home. As many Orthodox Christians (who were not ‘cradle Orthodox’ might say: “Coming to the Orthodox Church is like coming home.” There is no better way in making someone feel at home than to be welcoming and relational.
- Provide them materials for their own personal growth. But do not just stop there with your giving. Give of your time and see where they are on their walk. Maybe you can provide them with something to read, then follow-up with them later in the week to see what they have read and what they thought about. Engage in conversation about the faith and see if they might have questions.
- Visit them at their home (if at all possible). If you have noticed, each of these items on this list involves connecting with the catechumen in some way physically. So, this particular item is actually a continuation of what you should have already been doing. It is a blessing to be visible in one’s life. Typically, it makes people feel as if they matter to you when you take time out of your schedule to be a part of their life. Also, visiting them at their home may give you insight into their trials and tribulations, their highs and lows, their successes and failures, their wants and needs.
Catechumens need your attention because catechumens are your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Therefore, treat them as such.
As our Lord showed love to His disciples and valued their journeys and growth, we should remain in following His example in all things, including this particular activity.