Photo: Mexican Folk Art Patron Saints
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the United States (USCCB) has approved the translation into Spanish of a series of additions to the Roman Missal to include the feasts of Hispanic and Spanish Saints. The news was given by the Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, Mgr.Octavio Cisneros, who pointed out that this decision reflects a “true pastoral need” for the growing number of Hispanic residents in the United States.
The Holy See has recently approved a new English translation of the Roman Missal, now the attachments will also have to be approved. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that they are referred to prayers, liturgical feasts and celebrations specific to each country in Latin America, and which were not part of the joint text of the Missal in English.
This decision was approved by the U.S. Bishops’ Plenary, held from June 15 to 17 in Washington, and is the result of a year’s work of the Committee on Divine Worship of the USCCB, which managed to collect a series of texts for the celebration of the most significant feast of the Patron Saints in Latin America and Spain. The new Missal text will be used from November 27, 2011, the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the new liturgical year.