MUSIC IN LITURGY: Liturgical Music in the Syro-Malabar Church

Dr Antony Nariculam MUSIC IN LITURGY ILA MEETING, NBCLC Bangalore, 26-28 October 2007 1. Introduction   The development of the Syro-Malabar liturgy and its musical tradition has a long history. It has had Syriac, Indian and Western influences. Its history is spread over five stages. 1.1  Stage One: The first stage is the earliest period of Christianity on … Continue reading MUSIC IN LITURGY: Liturgical Music in the Syro-Malabar Church

Restoration, Revision, Adaptation and Organic Growth of the Liturgy and the Syro-Malabar Church

Dr Antony Nariculam  Introduction The Syro-Malabar Church has been in a process of soul-searching from some years to find out ways and means of restoring and revising her liturgy in the light of Vatican II and the later documents. One of the stumbling blocks in this process has been the (mis)understanding about the principles of restoration, revision, … Continue reading Restoration, Revision, Adaptation and Organic Growth of the Liturgy and the Syro-Malabar Church

LITURGY AND INCULTURATION

Dr Antony Nariculam  The universality of the Church makes it imperative that the Church and her liturgy are inculturated. God became man to save humankind. This saving mystery in Christ must be presented to the whole world in a manner that is understood by the people of a given place. There was a period in history when some Christian … Continue reading LITURGY AND INCULTURATION

Principles of Liturgical Theology and the Indian Context

Dr Antony Nariculam  Introduction Today there is no difference of opinion regarding pluralism in theology and theological methodology. But, pluralism that claims that all points of view are of equal value ends up in relativism. All opinions, as a matter of fact, have a common reference point. When they are cut off from this common … Continue reading Principles of Liturgical Theology and the Indian Context

Syro-Malabar Liturgy

Dr Antony Nariculam Introduction My aim in this paper is to give a general picture of the Syro-Malabar Liturgy under its various aspects, such as its history, theology, celebratory dimension, the various liturgical texts published so far etc. As is well known, the Syro-Malabar liturgy has been a subject of ‘controversy’ since at least early … Continue reading Syro-Malabar Liturgy

LITURGY AND ARS CELEBRANDI

Dr Antony Nariculam Introduction  Lex orandi lex credendi is a widely accepted dictum in the liturgical tradition. This principle emphasizes the primacy of the liturgical action. “Liturgy is the anamnesis of the act of the Triune God, using symbolic means, to enact that Trinity in the lives of the enactors, transforming them through faith into the Church. Liturgy … Continue reading LITURGY AND ARS CELEBRANDI

The Syro-Malabar Liturgical Reform and Pastoral Adaptation

Dr Antony Nariculam The Syro-Malabar Bishops’ Synod, in its attempts to arrive at a consensus regarding the  liturgical issues, has been studying their various aspects with the help of  liturgists, historians, pastors and scholars  in different fields. One of the areas of their study is “Liturgical Reform and Pastoral Adaptation”. This article deals with this … Continue reading The Syro-Malabar Liturgical Reform and Pastoral Adaptation

The Eucharist: A Mystery to be Celebrated

 Dr Antony Nariculam Introduction  The second part of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation “Sacramentum Caritatis” speaks about the celebratory dimension of the Eucharist. In 36 paragraphs (Nos. 34 – 69) the document deals with mainly five areas of Eucharistic celebration. They are the Art of Celebration, the Structure of the Eucharistic Celebration, the meaning of Active Participation, the need of Interior Participation and Adoration … Continue reading The Eucharist: A Mystery to be Celebrated

The Liturgy of the Blessings in the Syro-Malabar Church

Fr. Antony Nariculam LRC Seminar 13 – 15 June 2006 Before we deal with “Blessings”, we need to have some understanding about what is meant by ‘blessing’. Are ‘sacramentals’ and ‘blessings’ the same? What are ‘para-liturgical’ services? Can we make a distinction between ‘major’ blessings and ‘minor’ blessings? Which are the blessings ‘reserved’ to the … Continue reading The Liturgy of the Blessings in the Syro-Malabar Church