Saturday, February 5, 2011

On the Propriety of the Malong in the Liturgy

I chanced upon a televised Misa ng Bayang Pilipino this morning. I noticed that in the effort to be inculturated, the servers and also the choir members wore malongs over secular clothes. These were worn like sashes of a beauty pageant. My questions are: 1) Is the malong a Filipino clothing? Some say that it is clothing used in Mindanao. If it were so, why use it in a Mass celebrated in Luzon? This "inculturation" is not really speaking of the culture of the assembly gathered for that Mass! (2) If it is so, is it really worn over shirt and long pants? As far as I know, the men wearing it should drape the cloth around their waists and the women should drape themselves with it so that they can be covered from breast down. (3) Is the malong appropriate for Christian worship?

My point is: if ever we want to use local clothing in the liturgy for the sake of inculturation, let us choose the appropriate ones and wear them correctly!


  1. Sino po ba nakaisip na magkaroon pa ng ganyan? Are they not contented in having the vernacular Novus Ordo Mass that they still come up and insists on cinematic effects like this during the liturgy?

    Clearly its just the "work of human hands".

  2. The CBCP should 'codify' the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino and have an approved Editio Typica and proper rubrics. Hehe, maybe a tagalog version of Quo primum tempore in front of it? Nah! But kidding aside, if they really want it, why not make a uniform "uni-forma" - having one form of the Filipino rite? Hay nako oo nga pala Pilipino gaya-gaya puto-maya 2 forms in one pinoy rite. Baka Father, eto yong extraordinary form of that rite. :)