In the recent National Synod Synthesis the bishops noted the expressed need to expand the confident use of te reo Māori in the liturgy, including the Mass. This action can be taken locally, in our parishes and dioceses in order to deepen our understanding of the bicultural nature of the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. (Conclusion #80)
A closer reading of the publication includes the following from the Gathering section.
Regret was expressed by participants, not just Māori, at the lack of te reo and Māori culture in our liturgy and buildings, which leads to a sense of exclusion. There is a need for education for the whole Catholic community in Aotearoa New Zealand in a bi-cultural way of being Church. (#26)
There is a desire that the liturgy truly reflect the New Zealand community, with inclusive language and greater use of the Māori language. (#29)
From the NZCBC National Synod Synthesis August 2022 HERE
Ways to improve our use of Te Reo Māori in the Liturgy
- Learn to say or chant The Lord’s Prayer
Open a pdf of the text in Māori HERE
Alongside the text, open the video where Pa Peter Tipene recites The Lord’s Prayer HERE
Here is the text where Pa Peter concludes with the words:
Nāu hoki te Rangatiratanga
Te kaha me te Kōroria
Ake, ake, Ake Amine
Trans: For the kingdom the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen
Challenge yourselves each day this week to read/say aloud The Lord’s Prayer in te reo Māori
- Prayer of the Faithful
E te Ariki … Response: Whakarongo mai rā ki a mātou
For the success of Te Wiki o te reo Māori: May there be a true desire among all in Aotearoa to revitalize the Māori language leading to more culturally aware and inclusive communities, schools and workplaces.
E te Ariki ...
- Te Reo Māori responses in the Mass-Miha
The following are some useful files for te reo Māori responses in the Mass. Try introducing some of these into your celebrations.
- te reo before and after the Gospel
- te reo introductory and concluding Rites
- te reo for proclaimers of the Word
Powerpoint with te reo Māori with all of the above and more HERE
Download Prayers in Common Use HERE
- This website has more pages to help increase the use of te reo Māori in liturgy.
Go to The Mass and select Te Miha
“One of the ways we can all benefit from Māori culture is by embracing the gift of Te Reo Māori in our liturgies. It is a taonga kahurangi, a precious gift, which has been given to you by the Church. Take it. Treasure it. Pray it.”
Cardinal John Dew, July 2016.