Five principles for mystagogical preaching and catechesis
In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, only two pages of texts are given to describe the period of mystagogy and post-baptismal catechesis. Below are the five main things you need to know about mystagogy during this period of the initiation process (from RCIA 244-247):
- Mystagogy and mystagogical preaching leads the neophytes and the community to a deepened grasp of the paschal mystery and helps them make it part of their lives through
- meditation on the Gospel
- sharing in eucharist, and
- doing works of charity.
- Mystagogy and mystagogical preaching introduces the neophytes into a fuller and more effective understanding of the mysteries through the Gospel and the sacraments.
- The main setting for mystagogy is the Sunday Mass.
- At Masses during the Easter season where neophytes are present, it is recommended to use the readings for Year A.
- Mystagogy and mystagogical preaching renews the inspiration and outlook of the faithful and brings them closer to the neophytes.