Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Allan Bouley OSB


This paper examines the presence of evil as understood in pre-Christian Jewish, Ancient Near Eastern, New Testament, and Patristic thought. Western christian rites of initiation have incorporated rituals symbolizing the turning from evil to the way of faith in Christ. Selected rites of initiation from the Roman rite are explored in order to gain a greater understanding of the current rite which prescribes exorcisms, anointing catechumens, scrutinies, and renounciation of sin.



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