Over 70 clergy from across our diocese gathered on Monday 11 June to explore the new translation of the lectionary which will be used in all Catholic liturgies in England and Wales and Scotland from Advent 2025.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments gave its seal of approval on a new Lectionary proposed by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in July of last year.

Fr Paul Turner, a pastor of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph and Martin Foster, the Director of the Liturgy Office at the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales jointly presented the workshop.

The new edition of the Lectionary, the book which contains the readings which are proclaimed at Mass, will come into use in England and Wales in Advent 2024. The new edition uses the English Standard Version- Catholic Edition for the readings and the Abbey Psalms and Canticles for the Responsorial Psalms.

The new edition places an emphasis on the proclamation of the readings and may seem unusual to read to yourself but makes sense when read aloud. Fr Paul reminded those present that the General Instruction of the Roman Missel says

“When Sacred Scripture are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people and Christ, present in his Word proclaims the Gospel”.

Pictures from the day can be viewed here