Christian Cyclopedia

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(Gk. “newly planted”; novice, 1 Ti 3:6). Term applied in the early ch. to newly converted or newly bap. Christians, esp. during the 8 days following baptism, when they wore white garments, and in some cases longer, up to a yr. after baptism. In RCm the neophyte status was considered an irregularity, or at least impediment, for the reception of orders; by extension the term came to describe one newly admitted to the clerical or monastic life.

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