CCCB issues Decree of promulgation for Canadian French-language translation of Sunday, Weekday and Sanctoral Lectionaries

Monday, May 16 2016

Nouveaux lectionnaires-FR-1(CCCB – Ottawa)… On the Solemnity of Pentecost, celebrated this year on May 15, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released the Decree of promulgation for the following three French-language lectionaries: Lectionnaire dominical, Lectionnaire de semaine and Lectionnaire sanctoral et messes rituelles. The new edition of these three lectionaries will come into effect for use in the Catholic Church of the Roman rite in Canada as of September 4, 2016, the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time of the liturgical year C, hence replacing any other former edition. This past January, the CCCB received recognitio from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for use of the three lectionaries in the dioceses of Canada. This follows the publication in 2013 of the new Traduction officielle liturgique de la Bible.

The Lectionnaire sanctoral includes the readings from the Proper of the Saints and the Commons, as well as the readings for the “ritual” celebrations of the Mass, that is the Sacraments, Masses for the Dead, Votive Masses and Masses for Various Needs and Occasions. The Association épiscopale liturgique pour les pays francophones has been working with the CCCB French Sector Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments and with the French Sector National Liturgy Office on the publication of the three volumes of the new Lectionary. Commonly known by its acronym AELF, the association coordinates French-language translations and publications of the official liturgical books for use in the Church around the world.

The Lectionary brings together all the biblical readings for liturgical celebrations, using a new translation designed for proclamation, easy understanding and beauty. The Lectionnaire dominical is available in two formats. CCCB Publications is offering the customary discounts for dioceses as well as special package prices for parishes when the three volumes are ordered in sets.

Link to the Decree (PDF) (in French only)

The new publications can be ordered using the methods below:
• By telephone: 1-800-769-1147
• By email: 
• On-line: