The 2016 Liturgical Commission Report

On 31 May – 1 June 2016, the Liturgical Commission met at the OFM General Curia in Rome. It was presided over by Br. Sandro Overend, and comprised of Br. Alberto Beckhäuser, Br. Francisco Fresneda and Br. Ferdinand Bell, with Br. Carlo Benigni, who took care of the graphic design. The Commission was set up by the General Definitorium in 2010 and has worked in recent years on the first part of a project that foresees: 1. the editing of the Franciscan Missal with the corresponding Lectionary and the Prayers of the Faithful or Universal Prayer, in the official languages: Spanish, Italian and English; 2. the Franciscan Proprium of the liturgy of the hours; 3. The Franciscan Ritual and 4. the Franciscan Martyrology.

The members of the Committee shared their observations and suggestions for the corrections of the texts of the Franciscan Missal and Lectionary and of the Prayers of the Faithful in Italian, the primary text which will be then translated for other languages, be they the official texts or those of the various Provinces of the Order, except for the primary texts of the Latin editio typica, in keeping with the indications given by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The drafting of the Missal, the Lectionary and the Prayers of the Faithful was much appreciated and gathers with satisfaction the work carried out in recent years by the members of the Commission, with the special help of Poor Clares of Santa Chiara Monastery of San Severino Marche and the young friars of the Picena Province of San Giacomo della Marca.

Now that all the texts have been prepared, they still need to complete the work of drafting and checking the consistency of the various forms. They plan to finish the work for October 2016 and proceed, then, to the presentation of the material to the competent Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The members of the Committee have also shared some choices for the next section of work, both in the liturgy and the draft.