Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day of Pre-Lenten Reflection and Gifts from Cyril and Egeria

Wednesday greetings from the Archdiocese of New York. I am about to head over to Ossining, to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Our day will be focused on cultivating a mystagogical way of life.

Just a mystagogical tidbit from Cyril of Jerusalem and and entry from the Diary of Egeria for your edification today.


“I long ago desired, true-born and dearly beloved children of the Church, to discourse to you concerning these spiritual and heavenly Mysteries; but knowing well, that seeing is far more persuasive than hearing, I waited till this season; that finding you more open to the influence of my words from this your experience, I might take and lead you to the brighter and more fragrant meadow of this present paradise.”

And from Egeria's diary:
“When the days of Easter come, during the eight days, that is from Easter until the octave, after the dismissal from the church, we go while singing hymns to the Anastasis, where we pray and the faithful are blessed. The Bishop stands . . . and explains all that was done at baptism. At this time, no catechumen is permitted to enter the Anastasis. Only the neophytes and the faithful who want to hear the mysteries explained can enter.”

“The doors are closed so that no catechumen may enter. While the Bishop explains all these things, the people shout out loud their approval so that even outside the church the cries of the faithful can be heard. He unveils all the mysteries so well that no one can remain unmoved by what they hear.”

Please pray that the good people here in the Archdiocese of New York grow in what I am now calling "an initiation spirituality" as today unfolds.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Stephen said...

Which translation of Egeria's diary do you use? There are several out there, not sure which is the best...

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Hi Steve, Thanks for following the blog. Not sure which translation I used, since I have been re-using this quote for years.

Roberta said...

At Maryknoll, the meditation on Peter, forgiveness and the "Reconciliation Table" was awesome. I plan on using this on Sunday in our RCIA gathering--charcoal brazier and all. Thanks again!

gifts Philippines said...

Great post! Lenten season was so near and I am planning some activities to do for lenten. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I've got an idea.