So when you were catechumens, did you pray the Pre-Communion prayers, although you were not taking nor able to take Communion?
One thoughtful reply I have heard, is that one person did (IIRC) as a prayer toward the future, when he would be participating.
While I believe the content of the prayers, I feel a little odd praying them given my status within/out the Church.
If that person wasn't me, it could have been. Most of the prayer is not time sensitive, so I couldn't see any reason to not pray it. No one suggested that I do otherwise. I did change one phrase to "Of thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me one day
as a communicant...", keeping my voice low enough to avoid being a distraction to others.
One personal tidbit, which might be helpful. My catechumenate is not going to be a long, personal engagement and test to determine my sincerity. That was done as an inquirer due to reasons specific to my situation and my Priest's discretion. So God willing, I will be received into the Church relatively soon and I doubt I will terminating the process within that time. Dunno if that matters.
Again thoughts from the wiser than I.
I think you just have to say that you had a long informal catechumenate. If you were working under your priest's direction, there's no problem with that.
Keep us posted.