June 2015 Newsletter from the USCCB Office of Divine Worship


Dear community,

We have prepared a summary of the June 2015 Newsletter from the USCCB Office of Divine Worship and you can find the entire newsletter attached. The newsletter includes information on:

Liturgical Schedule of Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States:

Pope Francis will undertake an Apostolic Journey to the United States and United Nations on September 22-27, 2015, visiting Washington, DC, New York City, and Philadelphia. This visit takes place on the occasion of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. During the papal visit, there will be six liturgical events: two each in Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia. An interreligious prayer service will also take place in New York City. In the newsletter you will find Pope’s liturgical schedule presented with additional notes.

Liturgy of the Hours, Second Edition

The project we are most interested in is that of the Liturgy of the Hours, Second Edition which is an ongoing work and believed to be released in 5 years from now.

As part of the project of preparing a new English edition of the Liturgy of the Hours, the members reviewed proposed modifications to a revised translation of the Old and New Testament canticles. That action item was later voted upon during the plenary meeting, although the result was inconclusive due to the absence of some Bishops. A mail ballot is underway to arrive at a final decision regarding the revised canticles.

The Committee also discussed the possibility of introducing a second cycle of patristic and ecclesiastical readings for the Office of Readings, which is an option permitted by the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours (cf. nos. 161-162). There is no official schema for such a cycle, though the Holy See has published a draft list of readings, and several other Conferences of Bishops and religious communities have produced their own versions of this supplement. The members of the Committee felt that although this material might be advantageous for spiritual reading and would introduce greater variety in the Divine Office, the practical considerations involved in the selection and translation of texts would add considerable delay to the completion of the Liturgy of the Hours, Second Edition. For this reason, the Committee decided to postpone the project indefinitely.

Information about Future Liturgical Books, Proper Calendar and The Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Life of the Church you can find in detail in the attached newsletter.

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About Today

June 28 Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Memorial “The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of God came down upon the Lord, and the Lord in turn gave this Spirit to his Church, sending the Advocate from heaven into all the world…” [1]… Enter Prayer

About Today

June 21 Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious Memorial St. Aloysius was heir to the affluent and powerful House of Gonzaga, a noble family in northern Italy in the 16th century. As a young boy, he was page to King Philip II of Spain’s son and trained to become a soldier until a kidney disease forced him… Enter Prayer

Invitatory for Oct 04

Lord, open my lips. — And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints. Psalm 100 Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy. Ant. Come, let us worship God, wonderful in his saints…. Enter Prayer

About Today

June 13 Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church Memorial “What meekness of divine love! What patience of the Father’s kindness! How deep and unfathomable the secret of the eternal mind!”[1] St. Anthony was the son of a wealthy Portuguese family in the 13th century. At fifteen, he became a canon regular… Enter Prayer

Liturgy of the Hours for October 04

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