For most people this process takes a minimum of nine months beore entering the life of the Church sacramentally through either baptism and/or christmation.
Those catechumens who are ready to become members of St. Paul’s and enter the life of the Church are normally baptized and/or chrismated on Great and Holy Saturday just before our celebration of Pascha (Easter).
Catechumens who have never been baptized and are coming from either a non-religious background or a non-Christian religion (Judiasm, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonisn, Jehovah’s Witness, etc.) are baptized and chrismated in the early afternoon (about 1 pm) following the Holy Saturday morning celebration of the Liturgy of St. Basil.
Catechumens who are coming from Christian denominations that confess their belief in the teachings of the Nicene Creed (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Southern Baptist, etc.) and that baptize “in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” as commanded by the Lord Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20), require only chrismation (Anointing with Chrism) and are chrismated on Great and Holy Saturday evening at 9:30 pm, shortly before the beginning of our Resurrection Service and Easter Liturgy.
All the newly baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians receive the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ at the Easter Liturgy that evening.
This is the road towards Christ and membership in the Body of Christ at St. Paul’s, a road of worship, learning, and repentance.