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Download: ESV & Lectionary 2021

Catholics in the UK are aware (I hope) that in 2022 there will be a new Lectionary. In every Mass “God’s holy words” will be proclaimed in a new and inclusive translation.
The Jerusalem Bible has served us well providing the readings for the very first time in a modern English translation. But so inadequate was that translation that it was quickly replaced by The New Jerusalem Bible. That translation likewise proved to be very poor. A third effort, the Revised New Jerusalem Bible was produced (by a single scholar) with the expectation of its publishers that it would be chosen for a new Lectionary. That our bishops did not approve of that translation and chose instead a Catholic edition of the English Standard Version has caused much conflict. Some clarification of that decision will not go amiss.

Download: A Bidding Prayer or two this Sunday

There are many occasions when our prayer is simple and direct, uncluttered by carefully chosen words and phrases, times when we place ourselves before the loving God and seek his fullness. Such personal prayer might take place during the Eucharist or in the privacy of our own room. Wherever it occurs, it will be a silent, individual matter.


Research shows that the churches that are growing are those that engage with experience. Not just the reflection on experience, important as that is, but also, providing a more personal experience within the liturgy. That experience, shared with others, becomes a gateway to the spiritual experience that lies at the heart of healthy religion.

That experience can be the exuberance of shared singing, music making and movement or the still, wordless mystery of adoration. The spiritual dimension of our lives needs more than the rational statements of belief, creeds and prayers that only address the intellect. Good liturgy tells stories, evokes mystery and engages emotions. Only when these are engaged does the language of faith and dogma find its proper place in people’s lives. Only when story is engaged with its complex and intuitive patterns can we invoke the personal dimension of the Easter mystery at the heart of every Christian’s belief. Only when I bring my lived experience to the Gospel can it become good news.

All well and good. But what does it mean for the average parish liturgy? I would like to suggest, by way of example, five practical steps that liturgy groups and leaders might employ.

ESV Bible

The ESV - Lost and Found in Translation

The commissioning of a new translation of Sacred Scripture will always raise key questions about how much any translation can meet the requirement to be faithful to original texts and, at the same time, aware of cultural needs. ACTA has arranged a series of talks from Scripture scholars to explore some of these issues.

All talks will be delivered via Zoom. All times are current London times.

The first session will be on Thursday 23rd September from 7.00pm- 8.30pm 

Session 1 will involve: 

  • Sr Patricia Rumsey – Abbess, Author and contributor to the Centre for Applied Theology        
  •  Dr Amanda Dillon - Assistant Professor, Dept of Theology, Dublin City University  

The second session will be on Thursday 30th September from 7.00pm- 8.30pm

Session 2 will involve: 

  • Rev Dr Joseph O'Hanlon - Author, retired priest of the Diocese of Nottingham and Spiritual Director to ACTA                                                                                                                                            
  • Archbishop George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff and Chair of the Dept of Christian Life and Worship -CBCEW 

The third session will be on Thursday 7th October from 7.00-8.30pm 

Session 3 will involve:

  • Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB - Cathedral Prior of Durham, Editor, New Jerusalem Bible 
  • Fr Nicholas King SJ - Author, Fellow of Campion Hall, University of Oxford.

Attendance will be via registration on the ACTA website: