Now that this season’s neophytes (“newly planted” in faith) and newly confirmed 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 word meaning “leading/teaching in the mysteries”.
For the next eight 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 is a time not just for our neophytes, 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 neophytes, 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 godparents 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!
Call us if you have questions: 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
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