catechumens those receiving instruction, preparing to join the church.
hearers they could listen to the service from outside of the assembly.
lapsi the technical term for those who during persecution either renounced or abandoned the faith, but after persecution sought re-admission to the church.
metropolitan bishop the bishop of the nearest metropolis, e.g. Rome, Alexandria, Carthage, or Antioch.
prostrators they could stay within the church but had to leave with the catechumens

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