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Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Allan Bouley, OSB

Abstract

The teaching of the church on the nature and purpose of the rites of the Mass and its revision deserves a continuing reflection. In particular each local community must find ways to enable its faithful to participate fully and consciously in the Mass. The main aim of this paper is to help people in our Samoan diocesan community to understand fully the Mass. The 'call and response' pattern is used here to explain the true nature and purpose of the Mass and its rites. The paper explains how the pattern works and fits in every rite of the Mass. The Mass in the Catholic Church is a Divine Call and the participation of the faithful in the Mass is the people's Human Response to the Divine Call.

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