Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

R. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB


The inculturation of our Samoan culture into the liturgy helps the Samoan people see the purpose and the importance of the Mass. The paper describes how the Samoans celebrate their Samoan reconciliation rites in three different ways. The paper also speaks of how these Samoan reconciliation rites are adapted into the penitential rite of the Mass. The adaptation of this aspect of the Samoan culture into the lliturgy helps the Samoan people understand fully and participate fully in celebrating the mystery of Christ. The Samoan culture works as an instrument to simplify for the Samoan people what the church's intention is, in and through the Mass.


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