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Mistagogia w homilii ślubnej
The Mystagogy in a Wedding Homily

Author(s): Jan Twardy
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: Mystagogy; homily; marriage; wedding ceremonials; Holy Spirit; Eucharist

Summary/Abstract: The marriage and family which meet a lot of problems nowadays are under special care of the Catholic Church. That is why an important role in the pastoral work plays a wedding homily – and in it – efficiently put into effect God's word actualization. In this actualization, an important position belongs to mystagogy still unsufficiently emphasized by the authors of Polish printed homilies. The preacher should introduce the nupturients into the mystery of marriage sacrament in the best way – teaching them how to fruitfully partecipate in it. The sine qua non of mystagogy is a good knowledge either of God's word, as well as theology of wedding ceremonials. Seeing the relation between those two fields, the preacher will stress in the homily the presence of Christ and the mystery of salvation in Eucharist and liturgy of sacrament of marriage. Bringing up the love theme often present in biblical readings and in wedding ceremonials, the preacher will underscore action of the Holy Spirit; he will also stress that association with the Holy Spirit is necessary to build the nuptial union. Similarly, in mystagogy it is essential to undertake the value and symbolism of marital vow – the undying alliance highlighted by illustrations presented in the third point of the article. It is also important for the whole preaching to deepen the knowledge of theology of this sacrament among the faithful – especially within preparation to marriage; then the preacher's mystagogy will be more fruitful.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 129-142
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish