Essay about Mystagogy

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What is Mystagogy?


Walter Bradely

When considering the topic of Mystagogy and the Church’s understanding of the subject it is important to recognize the complete picture, the scope of what is covered. Looking quite literally at Mystagogy, and perhaps a common view held by most, it is very simply the final of four stages in the RCIA process of bringing believers into the Church. However, the context of this paper will focus at a more in depth look at the nature of Mystagogy and its essential relationship to the liturgical life of the Church. In doing this I will also show the relationship between Mystagogy and exegesis, the sacraments as mysteries and the vital place of narrationes in Mystagogy. Before an attempt to delve
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It wasn’t until Christ broke bread, that the disciples on the road to Emmaus recognized Jesus, it was the grace received through the Eucharistic Sacrament that enabled the eyes of faith to penetrate the mystery and see Christ there in their midst.
Mystagogy can be taken further in its understanding to go beyond just those newly baptized individuals but rather instruction to all those baptized who lack understanding and zeal of the great mysteries in the sacramental life of the Church of which they are receiving. It is a call to all the baptized and certainly pressing given hope of a New Evangelization as called for by John Paul II. Mystagogy has its aim at the understanding of the sacraments so that it enables the individual to enter into and participate in that mystery in which they are partaking. The aim of all catechesis has this as its end, to lead participants to and participate in the very life of God, to be made one with God and ultimately return back to God. If this catechetical element is lacking then we risk the serious issue of a hollow ritualism. Catechesi Tradendae makes this point very well, “Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of liturgical and sacramental activity, for it is in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist that Christ Jesus works in fullness for the

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