(mĭs′tə-gŏg′, -gôg′)
1. One who prepares candidates for initiation into a mystery cult.
2. One who holds or spreads mystical doctrines.

[From Latin mystagōgus, from Greek mustagōgos : mustēs, an initiate; see mystery1 + agōgos, guide, leader (from agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]

mys′ta·gog′ic (-gŏj′ĭk) adj.
mys′ta·go′gy (-gō′jē) n.
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In a brief but theologically dense epilogue, Crowley explores the Rahnerian claim that the future of faith is both mystagogic and missionary.
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This hermeneutical method underscores Scripture's "mystagogic purpose in bringing about, through the sacramental liturgy, the communion of believers with the God who has chosen to reveal himself in Scripture." (48) Just such a liturgical hermeneutic has been at the forefront of Pope Benedict XVI's concerns.
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McClure and his wife, Joanna, along with the poet Kenneth Rexroth and his daughter Mary, were the models in the play of light and shadow that constitutes Spectre Mystagogic (1957).
From such a mystagogic writer of utmost sensitivity and sensibility--who, moreover, insists on morality--we do not expect the figure that emerges from Weinzierl's book: hypocrite, liar, part-Jewish anti-Semite, closet homosexual in denial and aghast at anything homoerotic.
Cyril of Jerusalem, in his Mystagogic Catecheses, explains that "by partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, you become united in body and blood with Him.
While mystagogic manuals should be distinguished from guides to ordinary vocational experience, even many of the latter, such as Convent Life (1919) by Martin Scott, S.J., urged women to embrace expiatory suffering.