The Mystagogy of the RCIA

Article by Br Patrick Cronin cfc DMin

The catechumens and candidates for full communion of the Catholic Church have now finished their Lenten preparation and have received the sacraments, at Easter.

They now embark on a seven week journey to Pentecost called the Period of Mystagogy.

This word has its origins in the Greek language of the Church in the fourth century. It means the deepening in understanding of the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection expressed in sacramental form. Another way to see this journey is to relate it to the disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus when the Risen Lord appeared to them, and ‘explained all that had happened.’ We now invite our neophytes and newly-received to undertake this journey.

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