Wednesday, August 25, 2004

New Mass English Translation in 2006?


"Getting it right" is a top priority, said Bishop Denis Browne of the long-awaited new English translation of the Mass, which is now unlikely to be ready before 2006.

He had just returned from the meeting of the International Commission of English in the Liturgy (ICEL), held in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

Eleven bishops from English-speaking countries went through the whole text of the Order of the Mass and the four Eucharistic Prayers with the ICEL editorial committee, made up of Latin and Scripture scholars who had prepared the translation.

Although the bishops' work is not completed, "there is light at the end of the tunnel now", said Bishop Browne, who praised their work and the chairman, Bishop Mark Coleridge, an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne.