Indigenous spirituality a fit in Catholic Mass – The Catholic Register

Indigenous spirituality a fit in Catholic Mass – The Catholic Register

by ahnationtalk on September 2, 202233 Views

September 2, 2022

As Canadian parishes take up Pope Francis’ challenge to incorporate reconciliation into the life of the Church, particularly as we get closer to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, there are liturgical options available for Sunday morning Masses in all kinds of parishes.

“Sept. 30 we could certainly justify a land acknowledgement as a bare minimum,” St. Joseph’s College liturgy professor Fr. Warren Schmidt told The Catholic Register.

A land acknowledgement delivered from the ambo before the procession and the beginning of Mass isn’t even an issue in terms of liturgical correctness, since it’s not part of the Mass itself. But neither should parishes fear incorporating elements of Indigenous spirituality into their liturgies, Schmidt said. When parishes sing Celtic-inspired music it’s not an issue, so why would Indigenous drumming be a problem?

“Do something of Indigenous spirituality,” Schmidt urges.

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