On Tuesday the U.S. bishops approved the ICEL Gray Book Translation of the Proper of Seasons at their General Assembly in Baltimore by a vote of 189 to 30. They also approved the Revised Grail Psalter by the Monks of Conception Abbey for liturgical use in the United States in a 203-5 vote.
The Gray Book edition had been submitted for the bishops’ approval at their June 2008 meeting in Orlando by the Committee on Divine Worship. However, the vote to approve it was inconclusive, a press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops states.
The bishops proposed modifications which were reviewed by the Committee on Divine Worship. Following the bishops’ approval, the modified text will be submitted to the Holy See for its approval, called a “recognitio.”
The Revised Grail Psalter will also require a “recognitio.” Already used in priests’ breviaries, the Psalter was recommended to the bishops by the Committee on Divine Worship because it can be easily sung and chanted.
Reportedly faithful to the original Hebrew, the text is critically aware of Christological references and is familiar to those who read the breviary.