Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

MA Theology




Gerard. McCarren, S.T.D.


Lawrence Porter, Ph.D.


Teacher, Charism, authority, power, Transformation, Transfiguration



The purpose of engaging in Mystagogy is to initiate people into the mystery of Christ by moving from the visible to the invisible. Mystagogy within the RCIA is to enable the newly baptized to gain more profound experiences of the paschal mystery and to live a personal experience.

It is of great importance for the Church today that the mystagogical preaching help all the baptized to deepen and expand their experience and understanding of both the rites of initiation and the Christian identity and mission that God gave Christians through the reception of the sacraments of initiation.

This thesis will attempt to investigate the mystagogy of Cyril of Jerusalem and apply his mysatgogical methods to the Catholic Diocese of Zaria. In addition, this thesis will also draw from the wealth of experience of mystagogical teachings of some mystagogues like John Chrysostom, Ambrose of Milan and Theodore of Mopsuestia.

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