My Dear friends,
The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is going through an unknown phenomenon, the Mass here is celebrated in Sinhala (Native language) and in English, recently Charismatic movements such as “Kithu Dana Pubuduwa” together with several religious Priests have been pressing for a new dimensions in the church which includes changes to Holy Mass.
I have heard that they are now conducting in a alternate form of the Holy Mass in some Catholic Churches. Instead of saying “In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit” they sing contemporary worship music and the rest of the mass is also like this, where everything is said in contemporary worship music. They also refuse to use the churches Public Address sound systems and use huge and mega-sized speakers and sub-woofers. I am yet to confirm whether or not they clap and dance during the service given that “Kithu Dana Pubuduwa” is notorious and are the founders of that concept.
They also state that these have been allowed through the Vatican II reformations. The musical group seems to be the main person more than the Priest or the Mass.
I’m compelled to ask, is such alternate form OK? Is it in the liturgy?
Thank you and May God Bless you,
Chirantha R. Anthony Amerasinghe.