Originating from the Greek language, "mystagogy" means "learning about the mysteries" and is an initiation into God’s self-revelation. It is a process of growing in the faith through prayer, learning and practicing with other believers. These fifty days of the Easter Season are associated with Mystagogia – a special time in the life of those newly received into the Church during the Easter Vigil. It is a time for them where they can reflect on their growing sacramental life, the Scriptures and their encounters with the risen Christ. But this time is not just for the newly initiated, it is for all members of the Church to grow in our understanding and love of our faith.
In his encyclical, Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Benedict XVI writes: ‘The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him (her) a “new creation”, capable of bearing witness in his (her) surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.’
At a gathering for the Congregation for Divine Worship in February 2019, Pope Francis said, "Mystagogy means discovering the new life we have received as the People of God through the Sacraments, and continually rediscovering the beauty of renewing it." It is 'through the lifelong process of Mystagogy , we learn to connect word, worship and witness.' (Stephen Binz)