Brief Book Review: Unfolding the Mystery of Christ

Unfolding the Mystery of Christ:
Sunday by Sunday Formation of Catechumens
By Eliot Kapitan

Who’s it for? Parish leaders; RCIA catechists/teams.

What’s the main point? Sunday and the entire liturgical year are the primary sources of faith formation for Christians. It is through the Sunday celebrations of the Paschal Mystery and the whole sweep of the church year that Christians regularly encounter the Good News of Christ.  Given this, Sunday and the liturgical year provide the foundation for the formation of those seeking initiation in the Christian community.

Why is this book useful/practical? Eliot Kapitan is a trusted, wise and experienced voice in liturgy and catechumenal ministry. He presents an approach to formation of catechumens that is inspiring, pastoral and practical.

What will you like the most? The steps laid out in Part II for preparing a week during the catechumenate. The steps are clearly presented, additional resources are suggested, and examples are given.

Eliot Kapitan, Unfolding the Mystery of Christ: Sunday by Sunday Formation of Catechumens (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2020), 168 pages.

REVIEWER: Anne Koester

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