March 31, 2023 // National
National Eucharistic Revival aims to form disciples on mission with new Easter series
WASHINGTON D.C. (OSV News) — The National Eucharistic Revival announced it will release what it called the “first-of-its-kind” mystagogy series of weekly catechetical reflections throughout the Easter season to “invite all Catholics deeper into the mysteries of Christ by reflecting on the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Mass,” a news release on the series said.
“Mystagogy” is an intentional deepening of a disciple of Jesus Christ’s understanding of the faith following the reception of the sacraments. The term also refers to the period between Easter and Pentecost, following a new Catholic’s reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil, where he or she reflects more deeply on the sacraments and this new life of following Christ.
The new series, titled “Beautiful Light: A Paschal Mystagogy,” is being offered through the Heart of the Revival Newsletter, a weekly publication of the National Eucharistic Revival, which was established in June of 2022 to provide resources to reaffirm and deepen the Eucharistic faith of Catholics across the country.
It begins on April 13, the Thursday before Divine Mercy Sunday, and runs through May 25, which is the Thursday before Pentecost.
Seven prominent Catholics are writing articles for the series: Archbishop Charles C. Thompson of Indianapolis; Sister Maria Miguel Wright of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; Biblical Scholar and Author Jeff Cavins; Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle; Canadian Priest and Author Father Harrison Ayre; Kately Javier, Coordinator for Adult Formation and Hispanic Catechesis for the Washington Archdiocese; and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, who is President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The newsletter offers various resources, videos, stories, and reflections from voices in every corner of the Church. It is also a channel to communicate events, special announcements, and highlights from grassroots developments throughout the United States in support of the National Eucharistic Revival.
“Whether you are just joining the Church at Easter Vigil this year or have been Catholic your entire life, this series is for you,” said Sister Alicia Torres, a Franciscan of the Eucharist of Chicago, who is a National Eucharistic Revival executive team member.
“At every age and stage of life, Jesus invites us to discover the joy of friendship with Him. For Catholics, this happens in a most special way during Mass — ‘the source and summit of the Christian life,’” Sister Alicia said. “Many of us haven’t had the chance to really explore the beauty and mystery God invites us into at Mass. That is the goal of ‘Beautiful Light’: to give every Catholic a chance to go deeper this Easter season.”
Often associated with the Order (formerly Rite) of Christian Initiation for Adults, or OCIA, “mystagogy” comes from the Greek word meaning “to lead through the mysteries.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes mystagogy as a “liturgical catechesis that aims to initiate people into the mystery of Christ” (CCC 1075).
“The National Eucharistic Revival involves an intentional effort to both evangelize and catechize, predicated on the long-standing Catholic belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ — His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity — in the Eucharist,” Archbishop Thompson, who is the author of the first reflection in the “Beautiful Light” series, said in a statement.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is the host of the upcoming 2024 National Eucharistic Congress, the culmination of the three-year National Eucharistic Revival.
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