June 2015 Newsletter from the USCCB Office of Divine Worship
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.