The theme of 'Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori – making the language stronger' - will continue this year, picking up from 2022. Making the language stronger in the Miha - Mass this year is something your parish and school could try. Many parish communities already incorporate responses in te reo Māori. If this is something new to building into your liturgies, how about incorporating the responses for the Liturgy of the Word into your weekday and Sunday Mass? The following resources will assist that process.
Responses to the Scripture readings:
Response to 1st and 2nd Reading; Before the Gospel on this Powerpoint HERE.
Before and after the Gospel for priests. HERE
Te Reo Māori for Proclaimers of the Word with guide for pronunciation. HERE
Both Before and after the Gospel for priests and Te Reo Māori for Proclaimers of the Word, are laminated and placed near the lecturn. These responses were prepared by St Thomas More Church, Catholic Parish of Ōtari Wellington.
“Saint John Paul II reminded New Zealand of the strengths of Māori culture. One of the ways we can all benefit from Māori culture is by embracing the gift of Te Reo Māori in our liturgies…. My plea to you in this Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is to do just that.” Embrace the gift of Te Reo Māori.
Cardinal John Dew WelCom 2016
Māori Language Week has been celebrated in Aotearoa since 1975. This special week is an opportunity for the concentrated celebration and promotion of te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language.