Sunday, September 24, 2006

Luke's Martha and Mary Account Is Sermon at Worship in Karasjok

Sámi greeted with cultural expressions from all over world

The participants of the LWF consultation "An Indigenous Communion" joined the Karasjok congregation for Sunday worship and local residents said it was the fullest it had been for some time.

The service was colored by many languages and cultural expressions; Maori from New Zealand and Namibian San singing, an aboriginal reading from Australia and Indian preaching.

The story about Martha and Mary was read from the Gospel of Luke. Elina Horo from India shared her reflections about the Martha and Mary in the time of Jesus, and now in our time.

She spoke of contextualizing the Gospel and this was followed by a confession ceremony, involving congregants kneeling before the pastors who gave absolution. The participants shared the Eucharist and received the Lord's Blessing before they were sent out to report to their communities all over the world.

Marthe et Marie au coeur de la prédication du culte de clôture

La conférence a pris fin en se joignant à la communauté locale de Karasjok. Le culte a pris les couleurs de toutes les langues et origines représentées. Elina Horo, d'Inde, a repris le récit de l'Évangile de Luc au sujet des deux soeurs, Marthe et Marie, pour le contextualiser et éclairer ainsi la semaine d'échanges.

C'est à genoux que les fidèles ont reçu l'absolution de la part du pasteur avant de recevoir la communion.

Seul, grand absent de la célébration, manquait le joik, le chant traditionnel des Sámi. Exprimant tous les aspects de la vie et tous les instants de la vie de ces nomades éleveurs de rennes, il a été interdit dès le 16e siècle par l'Église, assimilé au chamanisme que pratiquait ce peuple.

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