There has been a move here in the Philippines to inculturate the liturgy of the Mass which is called “Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino” (Mass of the Filipino People). It includes the use of Filipino gestures, flower petals being strewn in the aisle, use of pot in place of incense, the presider carrying the cross during the processional, communion to be given first to the elder persons, who in turn will feed it to their children, dancing in the liturgy. What are your thoughts on this?
For me, it is unnecessary and inappropriate:
First: Filipino culture varies from area to area. There is no definite Filipino culture. This action means favoring one culture over another
Second: The Roman Liturgy has already been part of Filipino culture since it was introduced by European missionaries in the 16th century. In history, effective methods of inculturation of Filipino culture to the Catholic faith were done OUTSIDE the Mass (such as dancing to patron saints after the Mass), while strictly following the Roman liturgy.