I've heard that in England the Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours uses a different translation for the readings from the U. S. (Specifically, the British use Jerusalem Bible in their liturgies (including Mass) and the U. S. uses the N. A. B.) I have not been able to confirm, however, whether they use the Grail Psalms for their Liturgy of the Hours. Do they use a different Psalter?

  • Note that the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham uses the Revised Standard Version (2nd Catholic Edition) for readings at Mass. The Ordinariate's Breviary has not yet been published. Jun 26, 2012 at 15:15
  • I hope they use the RSV for their breviary. I'll buy a copy if they do. Jun 26, 2012 at 15:29

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Yep, I just looked on amazon.co.uk to find the Divine Office published by Harper Collins for the use in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, etc... Didn't have a preview or anything, but I did find this which says:

Psalms are from the 1963 version of the Grail Psalter.

  • Yes: this is correct! Jun 26, 2012 at 15:16
  • And unfortunate. The Jerusalem Bible's Psalter is a FAR superior translation. Jun 26, 2012 at 15:28
  • @AndrewLeach if you've got anything to add to the answer go ahead, I should have waited to let you answer since you've probably got 1st hand experience.
    – Peter Turner
    Jun 27, 2012 at 17:32
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    I don't think there's anything else to add! The answer's right; I can bear your research out from experience. I didn't intend to muscle in, although some expansion of the OP's implication of all England needed clarification (again from experience). Jun 27, 2012 at 17:39

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