Communion-Ecclesial Mysticism According to John D. Zizioulas

Keywords: Church, communion, sacraments, mysticism, spirituality, asceticism, monasticism

Abstract

The concept of “mysticism” was referred to the entire Church in the primitive Church, pointing to experiences shared by all its members, the sacraments, the liturgy and a special way of life. Every member of the Church was a mysticist. The Church did not know the opposition between office and spirit, institution and mysticism. Ecclesiology—including the institutional aspect—was not only connected with mystical experience, but also served to introduce in the mystery of Christianity. That is why ecclesial mysticism has its own characteristics and refers to the Church as the “Body of Christ,” the sacraments—especially baptism and the Eucharist, the “word” in relation to the sacrament, the exercise of the Church office and the practice of asceticism and monastic life. The mysticism of communion, however, requires from Christians not only proper theological reflection, but above all communal life and the search for personal holiness, which is to serve to the entire Church.

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Published
2020-10-28
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