As an RCIA team member this is a busy week as you prepare your elect and candidates to celebrate the Easter Vigil and you prepare yourself for the Triduum.
These are just some thoughts about what you might put in place for a fruitful season of Mystagogy — they are gathered from the experience of others and may be helpful.
- First of all the practice of mystagogical reflection should not be new. Throughout the time of preparation catechumens should be invited to refl ct on the experience of the liturgy.
- You may wish to video the Easter Vigil. Nothing fancy may be just a fixed camera in a choir loft. The purpose is to provide an aide memoire.
- If you haven’t before encourage the Elect etc. to record their reflections after the Vigil. And do it for yourself.
- One parish shifted their mystagogy to the coffee after Sunday Mass – and invited anyone to take part. In this idea there are a couple of good principles at work – the importance of Sunday Mass in this period but also that the neophytes have something in common with all the baptised.
- And the mystagogy? At its heart is the reflection on liturgical experience as revelatory. It is exploring our memories and uncovering the presence of Christ. We understand Christ to be present in a number of ways: in the action of the people, in the minister (when the minister baptises it is Christ who baptises), in the proclamation of the Word, in the Eucharist. So in recalling the liturgy we are led to reflection and who was the Christ revealed to us.
- At its most simple that is mystagogy — an appreciation of the presence of Christ. We see the world with new eyes. The experienced priest or catechist will make wider connections which will help illumine the memory. But there is an important follow up question — how might this affect how we live? what is Christ calling us to be?
May you have a glorious celebration of the Paschal Mystery and a fruitful period of Mystagogy.