Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Extraordinary Form beyond Europe and US

I was discussing liturgy with someone, who raised the question: 'I also don't know if EF is accessible to non-European traditions - Do you have any ideas on that?'

Well, of course, being me, I have plenty of ideas on that.  But I have little real data.

So I am curious, if any of my readers have experience of the traditional rites of the Church in non-European cultural contexts, how they would answer that question.

Relevant comments and links to relevant source material will be most welcome in the combox.


Joshua said...

Coming from a conservative Chinese living in a moderate Muslim country- Malaysia, I would say that the ethos of the EF would fit in very well. We don;t have the EF here, and most Catholics have been brainwashed and are quite rightly looked upon by others as liberal (read 'loose in morals, anything goes'). I don't know if you've heard of Dom Pierre Celestin, but his book 'Ways of Confucius and of Christ' might be of interest. Also, this blog has quite a few posts on the subject as well.http://orientem.blogspot.com/2006/07/confucius-and-christ.html

Richard Collins said...

Only to say that, in India, (and, I believe most parts of Africa) the loss of the Latin Mass resulted in segregation at the various vernacular Masses. In Chennai, for example, the Tamil speakers went to their Mass and the Hindi speakers similarly; the whole concept of a cohesive parish was broken down and fragmented.
There was a report (I think in 2007) that Kerala was enjoying a resurgence of the Latin Mass because it united the community once again. That was just a newspaper report and I'm afraid I did not keep the reference.

Milord said...

I have often wondered if a return to the Tridentine mass as the norm would not serve to reunite splintered parish communities. We celebrate the mass in so many different forms that attendants at one would likely not recognize another as a valid mass. What have become "traditional" practices at the the teen mass, hispanic mass, or the youth mass seem illicit, if not invalid.