Nairobi, 04 September, 2022 / 9:51 pm (ACI Africa).
An Italian-born member of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) who has ministered in Kenya since 1989 has, in a new book, expressed appreciation for cultures in Africa, saying that they are “more receptive to the gift of the Eucharist”.
Speaking during the launch of his book published under the title, “The Gift of the Sunday Eucharist in the African Perspective”, Fr. Rinaldo Ronzani recognized the fact that the people of God in Africa value the celebration of Holy Eucharist.
“I think that Africa has something to offer to the whole Church. Just to give you an example, several of my friends who happened to visit me while I was in Kenya, were surprised about the way in which we celebrate the Mass in Africa,” Fr. Ronzani who ministered in Kenya’s Marsabit Diocese said during the August 31 book launch.
He added, “The singing, the dancing, the joy, the fact that nobody looks at the watch, and the fact that people come in their hundreds and you can feel the atmosphere of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the people who gathered together is different from the experience in Europe,” the Editor of Liturgical books with Paulines Publications Africa said.
“I think that the African perspective is in the fact that the African culture is more receptive, in to the gift of the Eucharist,” he further said, and continued, “I think that the universal Church is enriched when a variety of ways of celebrating the Eucharist is shared among ourselves for us to become more aware of that gift and to see how the cultural context helps us to offer to the whole church something beautiful that others can take.”