Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Translation of the Liturgy of the Hours.

The US Bishops have voted in favor of a long overdue revised edition of the Liturgy of the Hours. You can read the full report here. The vote makes way for the Committee on Divine Worship to begin working on the revision to the modern Roman Breviary. A full draft will eventually be presented to the USCCB for vote and, if approved, be sent to the Vatican for the recognitio. As expected, the revised translation of the Roman Missal played a significant part in motivating the revision to the Liturgy of the Hours. The collects of the Roman Missal will be utilized for the new translation of the LOTH. While incorporation of the revised Grail Psalms was expected, the announcement that the body of hymns utilized in the current edition of the Liturgy of the Hours will be jettisoned in favor of a fresh translation of the Latin hymns of the Liturgia Horarum is an unexpected surprise. The rather hum-drum world of English hymns seriously denuded the offices of the hours of much of their flavor - this can only be a good thing long term.