Marian Devotion: Adaptation/inculturation©

The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Marian Devotion, Adaptation/Inculturation. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, in homilies or for research. For the full title and document data, click on the abbreviation code (for example, BYM leads you to the document, Behold Your Mother). This will also lead you to the complete document on this website, or assist you in locating it elsewhere.

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Documents VIII. Pastoral and Catechetical Aspects / 1. Adaptation/inculturation
Lumen Gentium, 1964
  • various forms of piety...according to the dispositions and understanding of the faithful [correct understanding of cult] 66
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • [The document does not per se give indications of cultural adaptation regarding Marian devotion, etc. The appendix does show, however, that evangelization, especially the naming, consecrating, and patronage of the land was Marian, especially under the title Immaculate Conception.]
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • local devotions and which have acquired a wider popularity and interest 8 [see same in liturgical expressions]
  • ... many forms according to circumstances of time and place, the different sensibilities of peoples and their different cultural traditions 24
Sharing the Light of Faith (USA), 1979
  • [see: national patronage, Mary's Immaculate Conception]
  • with the multiplicity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, devotions to the Lord, the virgin and the saints provide a rich tapestry on which is woven the many threads of our ancestry in the faith. 143
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • [post-conciliar: new themes, new treatments] the problem of inculturation of Marian doctrine and forms of Marian piety 16
Orientale Lumen, 1995
Ut Unum Sint, 1995
  • At a time when it is increasingly recognized that the right of every people to express themselves according to their own heritage of culture and thought is fundamental, the experience of the individual churches of the East is offered to us as an authoritative example of successful inculturation. OL 7
Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2002
  • Such a final prayer could take on a legitimate variety of forms, as indeed it already does. In this way the Rosary can be better adapted to different spiritual traditions and different Christian communities. It is to be hoped, then, that appropriate formulas will be widely circulated, after due pastoral discernment and possibly after experimental use in centers and shrines particularly devoted to the Rosary, so that the People of God may benefit from an abundance of authentic spiritual riches and find nourishment for their personal contemplation. 35
  • This indication is not intended to limit a rightful freedom in personal and community prayer, where account needs to be taken of spiritual and pastoral needs and of the occurrence of particular liturgical celebrations which might call for suitable adaptations. What is really important is that the Rosary should always be seen and experienced as a path of contemplation. 38


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