Liturgy of the Hours to undergo revision

November 26, 2012

Just a year after Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the U.S. bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved beginning work on updates to hymns, psalms, various canticles, psalm prayers, some antiphons, biblical readings and other components of the liturgical prayers used at various parts of the day.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, chairman of the Committee on Divine Worship, said the work would probably take three to five years to complete.

Aymond said the retranslation would be to more accurately reflect the original Latin texts.