Seminary/School of Divinity
Date of Paper/Work
Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.)
Type of Paper/Work
John Martens Ph.D.; Sr. Katarina Schuth Ph.D.; Rev. Thomas Margevicius STL
The main focus in the present study is on liturgical inculturation in local churches, with particular attention to the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. In fact, liturgies in local churches are profoundly marked by cultural traits and therefore, liturgical inculturation has been a constant aspect of Christianity from its very beginnings. Indeed, Christian liturgy has the capacity to adapt in every local church. The full understanding of this affirmation requires a deep search of the origin of Christian liturgy, its development throughout history, and an illustration in a specific context.
Hence, in the first section of this investigation the focus is on the Jewish background of Christian liturgy. The second section delves deeply into the dialogue between liturgy and culture, with particular interest on the magisterial pronouncement of this relationship. And finally, the third section attempts to provide some practical means to enhance liturgy in the parish. This section also assesses and suggests ways to foster liturgical inculturation in the Islands.
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Tignoua Goula, Touchard, "Inculturation of the Liturgy in Local Churches: Case of the Diocese of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands" (2014). School of Divinity Master’s Theses and Projects. 8.