Bishops from England and Wales Comment on New General Instruction

The undated press release received by liturgy commissions in these two countries on 25 August is substantially the same as that issued by the Australian BCL, but with terser language in one or two places:

Comment from the Liturgy Office regarding the third edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal.

After twenty five years a third edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal has been published in Latin.

The current General Instruction remains the authoritative text, until the translation of this third edition for the English speaking world has been approved by our Bishops' Conference and then confirmed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments in Rome.

This proper process, standard for revised editions and new rituals, will take some time. Hopefully it will be connected with the release of the much anticipated revision of our English language Sacramentary, currently awaiting the necessary confirmation from Rome. Some minor amendments will be required in light of the new General Instruction.

The United States Bishops' Secretariat for Liturgy having had pre-publication access to the document has released a hasty and provisional (unofficial) translation which is in no way definitive. When the authoritative text is available the Bishops' Conference will issue guidance on its application in these countries.

Contact Martin Foster, Assistant Secretary, Liturgy Office 020 7821 0553