PROPOSAL FOR A SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY TO THE SYRO-MALABAR CHURCH WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK ‘CONTEXT-LITURGY-ETHICS

  • Bilju F. Vazhappilly DVK
Keywords: Sacrament, Sacramental Theology, Ekklēsia, Liturgy, Contextual Theology, Theological Ethics, Cultural Discernment

Abstract

Often we hear the plea for a theology emerging from the ecclesial, liturgical and cultural contexts of a Church sui iuris. In the field of sacramental theology too the case is not different. In reference to the present situation of the Syro-Malabar Church such this is a need of the time. Much research related to this has not been done. This article makes a humble attempt to develop a sacramental theology without losing one’s own ecclesial and liturgical traditions in which one is born and brought up. After explicating a renewed understanding of the term sacrament and the mediatory role of the Church, we formulate the proposed sacramentaltheology of the Syro-Malabar Church today within the framework of context-liturgy-ethics. Such a way of doing sacramental theology will be done through a theological dialogue with the cultural context, the liturgical ethos and the pastoral concerns of the Syro-Malabar Christians today.

Author Biography

Bilju F. Vazhappilly, DVK

Rev. Dr Bilju F. Vazhappilly is a Syro-Malabar Catholic priest belonging to the Archdiocese of Trichur, Kerala. He obtained degrees of Master of Religious Studies, Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion, STL and Doctorate in Theology from the Kotholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. At present he is a faculty member of the Mary Matha Major Seminary, Trichur. Email: biljuv@gmail.com

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Published
2015-06-30
How to Cite
Vazhappilly, B. F. (2015). PROPOSAL FOR A SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY TO THE SYRO-MALABAR CHURCH WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK ‘CONTEXT-LITURGY-ETHICS. Asian Horizons, 9(02), 404-416. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2766