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.
The Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand want you to take the Māori texts, to treasure them and pray them. We owe that to our Māori sisters and brothers. Sometimes people ask why we use Māori in our liturgy. The answer is simple; it is an official language of New Zealand – the more we use Te Reo Māori in our liturgies the more our Māori sisters and brothers will feel comfortable and at home in our churches. We are committed to use some Māori in our liturgies such as the sign of the cross, a simple welcome, and maybe the final blessing. We can and must do more.
From Cardinal John’s column 'WelCom' July 2016
A Commitment to Te Reo Māori in the Liturgy
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
Unsure of your pronunciation?
View this Youtube clip with the Manual Beazley Vicar for Maori Auckland diocese, to help you learn and practice the language. HERE
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 ...
Can you memorize the Hail Mary in Te Reo this week?
For the Āwe Maria – Hail Mary and other rosary prayers Click HERE
Image on main slider: Picture of the head of Jesus crowned with thorns on the main altar in St Joseph's church, Hiruharama, Whanganui River. Photo by JM Faith.