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ERLC updates bishops on the Order of Christian Marriage and SYPG

L-R: Fr Chin, Bp Sebastian Francis, Fr Miranda, Neil Mah at the presentation of ERLC report to the bishops at the Bishops’ Conference on 10-14 July 2017, Johor.

JOHOR BAHRU – Father Vincent Chin reported on behalf of the Episcopal Regional Liturgy Commission (ERLC). He informed the arch/bishops on the completed printing of the Order of Christian Marriages. Most of the arch/dioceses have ordered the books. A suggested date to officially implement this is the First Sunday of Advent.

Fr Chin then gave a short history of the Missal in Chinese which was produced by Carlo Catholic Society. He said the ERLC is only responsible for proof reading the Missal produced by Carlo.

Also with him were members of the Liturgical Music Committee comprising appointed members from the arch/dioceses in the Conference with expertise and knowledge in areas of Liturgy and Music, to report on the progress of the updating of the Sing Your Praise to God (SYPG).

This was the first time that the arch/bishops are meeting the team which was formed in 2014. The bishops were receptive to the report though there were some concerns with projection — the usual book vs projection argument but Bishop Cornelius Sim gave a resounding extempore on the sanctity of a hymnal compared to an electronic device that contains all manner of stuff unrelated to church matters.

The hymnal is to last for a period of ten years before it is revised again.

A list of the selected hymns was also given to the arch/bishops.

Father Jude Miranda informed the arch/bishops that the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese, Melaka-Johor Diocese and Penang Diocese will be the hosts of the Asian Liturgy Forum which will be held in Penang October 2-6. He invited the other arch/dioceses to the Forum.

The reports were given at the Bishops’ Conference on 10-14 July 2017. – heraldmalaysia.com

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