The Catholic Truth Society (CTS), which has been commissioned by the bishops’ conferences of England & Wales and Scotland to produce the new lectionary due to come into use on the first Sunday of Advent this year, has announced what the new liturgical books will look like and cost.  The lectionary will be in four volumes and available in an Ambo edition (£695), Chapel edition (£395) and Study edition (£250).  Already from the advance publicity, it is evident these will be very beautiful books – the Ambo edition bound in padded leather with gilt blocking, designed to lie flat, with cloth bound slipcase.  The text is to be set out in “sense lines” to make proclaiming the word easier.  As we already know, the text will be modified from the English Standard Version Catholic Edition (ESV-CE) together with the already published Abbey Psalms (a reworking of the 1963 Grail psalms which have been in use since the liturgical reforms in English).  There will also be a Gospel Book (basic hardback edition £275) and accompanying people’s missals for Sundays (standard edition £19.95; leather bound edition £29.95) and, in April 2025, a reissue of the people’s Daily Missal.  CTS is encouraging pre-ordering of the lectionary ahead of its scheduled release in October this year and offering a 15% discount to those who do so before 30 June 2024.  More at newlectionary.org

The Liturgy Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has now released psalm texts from the new Lectionary Volume 1 (Sundays and major feast days) for composers who should email  liturgy.office@cbcew.org.uk  They will be sent the texts and the Lectionary for Mass: A guide for Composers which provides information about the Lectionary and setting the texts.  The following information should be provided:

  • Name
  • Publisher name, where applicable
  • Diocese
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Request for any texts not included in Volume 1
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