Cenacle Sessions: A Modern Mystagogia
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
Cenacle Sessions: A Modern Mystagogia has been developed in an effort to answer the pastoral need for an effective mystagogia in today's Church. Like the RCIA itself, Cenacle Sessions is designed to be flexible -- adaptable -- so that local communities can use it to match their pastoral situations. The title for this process-based program has been chosen to show the connection between our modern neophytes and the first disciples who (as traditional belief holds) continued to meet in the Upper Room -- the Cenacle -- following the Good Friday-Easter Sunday experience. It was in the Cenacle that the disciples had celebrated the Lord's Supper; it was in the Cenacle that they first heard from the lips of Mary Magdalene that "I have seen the Lord!"; it was in the Cenacle that they gathered to pray and to remember; it was in the Cenacle that they experienced the presence of the Risen Jesus; 1t was in the Cenacle that they received power from on high; and it was from the Cenacle that they went forth to evangelize and to minister. Cenacle Sessions aims to provide a similar atmosphere and experience for today's new disciples.