Enculturation vital for liturgical renewal

November 19, 2011 by  
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Indian Liturgical AssociationKarnataka, November 18, 2011: The 15th general body meeting of the Indian Liturgical Association (ILA) concluded that enculturation is a basic element in the renewal of the liturgy.

The November 15-17 meeting took place in Bangalore on the theme “Liturgical enculturation in India – Review and Prospects”.

The participants agreed that enculturation is one of the directive principles to be kept in mind in revitalization of liturgical life.

“The three-day sharing, deliberations and discussions were extensive, fruitful and pastorally very enriching,” said Fr. Donald D’souza, President of the ILA.

The Church in India should take stock of the present situation and make present the Christophany in our country by giving due emphasis to the spiritual conversion to Lord Jesus Christ and empower the masses with spiritual enlightenment for which the globalized nation is searching from deep within, the priest said.

He said that the Church in India has to rise to the occasion to give Christ to people who truly are seeking truth, light and immortality.

The meeting stated that it is necessary that the liturgy should come into every phase of daily life with its cultural expressions.

Only in this way Liturgy will become the “source and summit” of Christian Life in the true spirit of the Second Vatican Council, it added.

Salesian Fr. Paul Puthangady, a participant, said that the call today to liturgists is to give emphasis on liturgical catechesis in parishes, religious communities, seminaries, dioceses and among the youth and children.

The participants stressed on the need of understanding the Indian cultures and sub cultures so as to appreciate them sufficiently and learn how to share the faith in Christ with these cultures.

– sister maria menezes

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