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There are daily and weekly liturgies either in groups or in common at EAPI.  On Sundays, participants are encouraged to participate in the liturgy of neighboring parishes.         

Taking into consideration the experience of the community here at EAPI, the special situation and purposes of the Institute and its Vision and Mission, certain particular arrangements are made with regard to the way we celebrate the Eucharist in community, keeping in mind the liturgical norms. We seek to bring to the Eucharist our lived experience of being a multicultural community of disciples. Therefore on specified days different cultural groups are requested to organize the Eucharistic Celebration incorporating their cultural elements. Greater participation of the laity, particularly women is encouraged.

The celebration of the mysteries of our redemption, especially of the paschal mystery of the suffering, death and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the sacred liturgy, is central in and to the life of the Church. Participation in liturgical celebrations is seen by the Second Vatican Council as "the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit" (Sacrosanctum Concilium [SC], no. 14).

Therefore, encouraged by the above mentioned document and inspired by the vision and mission statements of EAPI, we bring to the celebration of the Liturgy our diverse and rich cultural elements and sacred symbols for a more participatory, more meaningful and more life-giving Liturgy while respecting the uniqueness of each culture and recognizing the presence of the Sacred in each of them. "The Church has no wish to impose a rigid uniformity in matters which do not involve the faith or the good of the whole community. Rather she respects and fosters the spiritual adornments and gifts of the various races and peoples. Anything in their way of life that is not indissolubly bound up with superstition and error she studies with sympathy and, if possible, preserves intact. Sometimes in fact she admits such things into the liturgy itself, as long as they harmonize with its true and authentic spirit" (SC, no. 37).

EAPI, probably is the first in Asia to catch the spirit of the Vatican II and to pass on that spirit to the participants who come for various programs and courses for many years.  As the Church prepares herself to celebrate the fifty years of the Vatican II, we in EAPI are more committed to implement through our programs and courses especially, in the celebration of the Liturgy, the positive and life-giving changes it has brought.

GUIDELINES:

  1. The Eucharist is the center of our Christian life hence, full and conscious participation of every member is important.
  2. Group meetings are held a week in advance with the staff facilitator to have a spiritual orientation and to prepare the details.  After the celebration, the group gathers again to evaluate and reflect on their experience of working together for the celebration.
  3. Rituals, symbols, decoration, hymns and music must be appropriate to enhance an encounter with the presence of the Sacred.
  4. Inclusive, gender and culture sensitive language must be used.
  5. On Wednesdays, freshly baked bread is used instead of the hosts.
  6. There should be no animation or inappropriate images in the use of PowerPoint for the celebration.
  7. Different languages can be used for hymns and for the prayer of the faithful with English translation projected on the screen.
  8. A presider, volunteer or person chosen by the group is responsible for leading and setting the tone of the liturgical atmosphere for a meaningful celebration.
  9. A homilist, volunteer or person chosen by the group gives a short, well-prepared homily for 6 – 10 minutes.
  10. Women are also encouraged to give homily and reflection.
  11. In order to proclaim the Word of God with faith and conviction and clarity, readers/lectors must practice the reading ahead of celebration.
  12. To enhance a smooth flow of the celebration the sponsoring group runs through the mass on Tuesday or any convenient day and time.
  13. We try to write our own short introduction, prayer of the faithful and the homily to bring forth proper contextualization and relevance of the liturgy to our life as a community.  Editorial help may be sought from the staff animators or from other participants.

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