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Now that this season’s elect and candidates enjoy full membership in the Church through the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, the RCIA has entered the period known as mystagogy, which comes from a Greek work meaning “leading/teaching in the mysteries”.
For the next seven months RCIA participants will experience more fully the mysteries of our faith through the Gospel message and through the experience of the sacraments they have just begun to receive. It is by looking back on Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection just experienced during the Triduum and Easter, and through the sacraments of initiation, that one can begin to look forward with a proper perspective for Christian living – living the particular way of life of a disciple of Christ.
This period of mystagogy has deep roots in the early history of the Church. There are even significant writings that exist today of post-baptismal lectures by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, traditionally thought to have been conducted at the site of Christ’s empty tomb. How powerful would that have been?!
This is a time not just for our neophyte (“newly planted” in faith), our newly baptized, but for the community as a whole, to deepen in knowledge of the mysteries of God, the paschal mystery of Christ, and the sacraments. During this Easter season leading up to the celebration of Pentecost, we, too, are given an opportunity for ongoing transformation through the Church’s liturgy. The Mass readings during this time focus us all on the early Church and true discipleship; the prayers are focused on the neophyte, but direct all of us to our own baptism and confirmation and the promises made therein.
As we seek to live well this blessed time in our Church, please continue to pray for those now in full communion, their godparent and sponsors, the RCIA team, and our St. Joseph family as we all continue this shared journey of faith into discipleship and union with God!
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Contact the RCIA Core Team to inquire or become involved: Deacon Don Craighead, Director, 615-870-0488
Bill Chalfin, 615-948-0529 Al Fleck, 615-868-5650 Debra Head, 615-851-1908 Don Steinhilber, 615-265-8375
† The RCIA—not just a ministry but the ministry of the Church! †
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