New Lectionary for Mass
Questions You May Be
- What is the Lectionary for Mass?
A Lectionary is a book of Scripture readings, proclaimed
by the lector, the deacon, and the priest. The Lectionary
for Mass is used for the Liturgy of the Word at Sunday
Mass. Currently, we are using the 1970 edition of
the Lectionary: As of the First Sunday of Advent,
1998, parishes may use an English translation of the
1981 Latin Lectionary, with some further updating.
Every parish, chapel, and other place where Mass
is celebrated should have a copy of the new Lectionary.
- Why is there a new edition, just now?
In 1981, some additional readings were permitted;
the introduction gives practical advice. Perhaps most
importantly, the English language used is considered
to be somewhat more reverent and more accurate than
in the 1970 edition.
- Is inclusive language used?
The people who worked on this translation did their
best to use inclusive language wherever the original
Greek text was inclusive. However, these people avoided
changing "'he" to "they," for example, because they
wanted to remain faithful to the original text. Moreover,
this translation continues to use such terms as "Father,"
"Lord," and "king."
- Should the lector make adaptations when he or
she reads from the Lectionary?
No, this is the official translation to be used.
The Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy says that the
lector should proclaim this text as it is written.
- Who authorized this Lectionary?
The American bishops, with the confirmation of the
Roman Congregation for Worship, have given their approval
for this Lectionary. It is for all the Latin Rite
churches in the United States.
(Reprinted from Parish
Liturgy, October, 1998, p. 4; cf. Newsletter
of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, February,
1998, p. 12.)
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