From Rite to Mystagogy: An Online Blog on the Sacrament of Marriage

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From Rite to Mystagogy: An Online Blog on the Sacrament of Marriage

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dc.contributor.advisor Nolan, Lucinda en_US
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Peter Joseph en_US
dc.contributor.other Grabowski, John en_US
dc.contributor.other Heet, Donald en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-01T16:44:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-01T16:44:15Z
dc.date.created 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-06-01
dc.identifier.other Murphy_cua_0043A_10297 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/10265
dc.description Degree awarded: D.Min. Pastoral Studies. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description.abstract From Rite to Mystagogy: An Online Blog on the Sacrament of MarriagePeter J. Murphy, D.Min.Director: Dr. Lucinda Nolan, Ph.D.Married couples face a variety of obstacles in living out the sacrament of marriage. Busy families may not have the time or opportunity to attend a parish marriage enrichment program. The Church has sought to find new ways of supporting couples in order to help them fruitfully live out their sacramental vows. Post-sacramental catechesis and mystagogical reflection can help couples to understand and integrate the liturgical rites, symbols and images of the marriage sacrament into their married lives. The project designed, piloted and evaluated an online interactive blog community that offered married couples an opportunity for enrichment and support through mystagogical reflection on the sacrament of marriage. In the project, couples used theological reflection on their sacramental vows to better understand that the path to holiness is intimately related to their sacramental vows and is now expressed in their daily interactions together. Theological reflection provides a methodology for couples to engage in a mystagogy on the sacrament of marriage. The project integrates catechesis, mystagogy and blogging while using a process of theological reflection. This form of mystagogy allows spouses to reflect on their marriage, their covenant bond, the meaning and implications of their professed vows and their impact on daily experiences in married life. The project also includes an overview of the history of the ritual and theology of marriage leading up to the significant revisions that contributed to the 1969 Rite of Marriage. The participants' blog responses and evaluations reported that they shared their reflections verbally with their spouse and in writing with other couples in the online community, engaged in the theological reflection process, and pondered how their marriage vows are lived out in daily life. Couples reported experiencing a deeper understanding of the Church's teachings on marriage and how those teachings apply to their daily life. The online resource is readily reproducible for possible future use in parishes which will allow the blog to continue to enhance the Church's ministry and outreach to married couples. en_US
dc.format.extent 262 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Theology en_US
dc.subject Religious education en_US
dc.subject.other Blog en_US
dc.subject.other Marriage en_US
dc.subject.other Mystagogy en_US
dc.subject.other Online en_US
dc.subject.other Rite en_US
dc.subject.other Sacrament en_US
dc.title From Rite to Mystagogy: An Online Blog on the Sacrament of Marriage en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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