The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has purchased the copyrights to the Revised Grail Psalter, along with the Old Testament and New Testament canticles, from Benedictine Conception Abbey. Under the title Abbey Psalms and Canticles, it will be used in all official liturgical books such as the Missal, Lectionary, and the Liturgy of the Hours.
Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB, now the head of the Benedictine order in Rome, headed up the translation work beginning in 1998. The Holy See approved the psalter text submitted by the U.S. bishops in 2010, but unfortunately after making several “corrections” to the submitted text. The U.S. bishops then approved a revised version in 2016, which Rome approved this past May. The text of the canticles was also approved, meaning that the definitive form of both psalms and canticles is achieved, at least theoretically.
As Pray Tell reported, previously the copyright on the Revised Grail Psalms was held jointly by The Grail, England, and Conception Abbey, but administered by G.I.A. Publications, Inc. For background on the Revised Grail Psalter, see Paul Inwood’s excellent article previously published at Pray Tell.
The USCCB notes that the guidelines of Liturgiam authenticam are being followed in this purchase, in that conferences are to possess all the necessary rights for texts used in the liturgy.