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Bishops exploring Lectionary changes

Catholic bishops are considering revising the Lectionary for Mass

THE Irish Catholic bishops are considering a revision of the Lectionary for Mass.

The Lectionary is the liturgical volume from which God's Word is proclaimed during the celebration of the Eucharist.

It is usually taken from an existing translation of the Bible and is edited for ease of proclamation during the liturgy.

The current Lectionary is based on the 1966 edition of the Jerusalem Bible and has been used for more than half a century.

The bishops said that, "in line with new understandings in relation to fidelity to the texts in their original languages and developments in the English language over the last 50 years", they recognised a need for a new edition.

Other English-speaking Bishops' Conferences are considering the same question.

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, along with that of Scotland, have opted to use the English Standard Version Catholic edition. Some other countries are seeking to use the 2019 edition of the Revised New Jerusalem Bible.

The Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference is considering using the Revised New Jerusalem Bible as the basis for a new edition of the Lectionary for Mass.

The bishops are seeking submissions to its secretariat for liturgy; these can be emailed to

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