Review: Mystagogy of the Eucharist: A Pastoral Resource on the Language of Liturgy

Mystagogy of the Eucharist: A Pastoral Resource on the Language of LiturgyMystagogy of the Eucharist: A Pastoral Resource on the Language of Liturgy by Gilbert Ostdiek

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a marvelous, ready-made resource for encouraging reflection on what the Church does when it is gathered together to celebrate Eucharist. Gilbert Ostdiek brings his not inconsiderable knowledge, expertise, and clear passion to the task of formulating a process that will assist any group of interested members of a liturgical assembly to deepen their appreciation of what it is they do.

The book looks at the main parts of the Eucharistic celebration, and provides all that would be required – including suggestions for digital presentation slides – for a formation group to undertake a mystagogical process.

I suspect I will be using this book in that light in the future.

From the back cover

Explore the deeper meaning of eucharistic celebration with a highly regarded expert on liturgy. In Mystagogy of the Eucharist Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, draws on ritual actions, liturgical symbols, prayer texts, and reflective commentary to help participants in the liturgy name and reflect on the meaning that Eucharist has for daily life. This book is offered as a practical, pastoral resource for those engaged in the ongoing formation of worshipers and their liturgical ministers.

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