The Postcatechumenate

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Following baptism at Easter Vigil, the RCIA concludes with a period of reflection on the purpose and significance of Christian baptism. Following the practice of the early church, this is known as a period of mystagogy, a time of instruction into the meaning of what is now part of lived experience.

In the published editions of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the section dealing with the period of postbaptismal catechesis or mystagogy occupies a scant two pages. The terse prose of...


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