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Updated: October 05, 2000 05:00 PM GMT
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The Vietnam bishops´ Liturgy Commission has decided to revise various sacramental rites and the lectionary, and to regularize biblical names in Vietnamese transcript.

Archbishop Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City, head of the commission, presided Sept. 21 over the meeting to review the work of the five working groups that assist the commission.

The groups are responsible for liturgical publications including the revision of the Vietnamese versions of liturgical documents, promoting liturgical practices, researching on faith inculturation and organizing Jubilee of the Year 2000 celebrations.

The meeting was also attended by Bishop Paul Nguyen Van Hoa of Nha Trang, Bishop Pierre Tran Dinh Tu of Phu Cuong, Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc of My Tho and 19 priests who are commission members and are responsible for liturgy in nine dioceses.

At the meeting, the working group in charge of revising Church documents was assigned to revise the rites of Baptism and Confirmation as well as the lectionary. They were also assigned to propose uniform Vietnamese transcripts of biblical names.

This working group includes members of the Liturgy of the Hours Translation Team. They have worked together for over 25 years on a new version of the Vietnamese Bible which is now widely used in the local Church.

However, the commission also reported that the Vietnam Bishops´ Conference has yet to approve the Scriptural readings translated by the team for Mass.

The commission also decided to make available a Vietnamese translation of the "General Instruction of the Missal" published by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Father Joseph Nguyen Huu Triet of Tan Sa Chau parish, head of the working group responsible for liturgical practices, said "there is an urgent need" for uniform Vietnamese texts of Church rites, lectionary and regulations for liturgical celebrations in all dioceses.

The faith inculturation group, headed by Bishop Tu, reported that there has been no significant progress in the group´s work.

Father Joseph Vu Duy Thong, head of the "Jubilee Year" working group, asked the commission to set the closing date for the Jubilee Year in Vietnam. This date should come before the Holy See´s official Jubilee Year closing day scheduled for Jan. 6 next year, he said.

The commission also decided to invite more people to help speed up its work.

Dominican Father Hoang Dac Anh, commission general secretary, said, "There is a special need to rejuvenate the commission´s personnel so younger members will have a chance to become familiar with the work of the commission, and more importantly, continue its work in the long run."


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